Scientific name: Scotopteryx bipunctaria
Usually occurs in July and August, although has been reported in September. Quite a delicately marked moth with a pointed grey forewing with numerous finely scalloped grey and brown cross-lines.
The adults are readily disturbed by day from the ground or rocks. They fly at night and are attracted to light. The caterpillars can be found from August to the following June, feeding at night overwintering as larvae.
Size and Family
- Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
- Small / Medium Sized
- Wingspan Range - 32-38mm
- UK BAP: Priority species
- Scarce (Nationally Scarce B)
Caterpillar Food Plants
Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and other trefoils, clovers and vetches
Calcareous grassland, cliffs, embankments and quarries, favouring areas of broken or bare ground
- Countries – England and Wales
- Nationally Scarce B. Southern England north to the north-east coast, also parts of south Wales
- Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining