Netted Mountain Moth

  • Netted Mountain Moth
    Netted Mountain Moth

Scientific name: Macaria carbonaria

April to early June. Flies in sunshine and visits the flowers of moorland plants.

Similar to upland forms of the Common Heath, but that species has central cross-lines which almost meet and the male has more feathery antennae.  May also be confused with the Latticed Heath, but this moth has stronger and more defined markings with dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Small Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 23-25mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Red Data Book

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a pupa, the larva feeding from late May to July. Young larvae feed only on the young shoots

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Bearberry (Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi)

Distribution

  • Countries – Scotland
  • Central Scottish Highlands
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining

Habitat

Mountains and moorland

Factsheets

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