• Forester

Scientific name: Adscita statices

Flies by day in sunshine from mid May to July.

Superficially similar to the Scarce Forester (A. globulariae) and Cistus Forester (A. geryon), care being needed to separate these species. Often found feeding at flowers, such as those of Devil's-bit Scabious, Field Scabious and Marsh Thistle.

Size and Family

  • Family – Burnets and Foresters (Zygaenids)
  • Small Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 24-29mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Local (only found in some areas)

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a larva. At first mines the leaves, then feeding exposed on the lower leaves. Pupates in a cocoon spun near the ground and concealed amongst vegetation

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), Sheep's Sorrel (R. acetosella)


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed in England, Wales, also in western Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland.
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining


Damp neutral grassland, limestone grassland, chalk downland, breck grassland, sandy heathland, sand dunes, woodland rides and clearings


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