Scientific name: Charissa obscurata
July - August. Britain and Ireland. Medium-sized, colours range from white to grey to black.
Often found near sea campion, thrift and rock-rose. Found on rocky coastlines, beaches, heathland, moorland and downland. The variable colour of this moth appears to match the ground colour of its habitat, ranging from almost white on chalk and limestone to brown/black on heaths and bogs. Markings are less variable, with hollow circles and two jagged lines crossing both sets of wings, but these are less easy to see on the darker forms.
Rests by day on bare ground, in rocky crevices and behind overhanging vegetation. Flies from dusk and after dark.
Size and Family
- Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
- Medium Sized
- UK BAP: Not listed
- Local (only found in some areas)
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Sea Campion, Thrift, Common Rock-rose and a variety of other plants including Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Wild Strawberry and Heather
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
- Well distributed around the coast of the Britain and inland on the heaths and downs of southern England and Wales. In Ireland it occurs on the coast. Also recorded on the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
Found in a range of coastal habitats, from rocky coast to limestone cliffs, grassy banks and sandy places by the sea. Inland it is found on heathland, moorland, calcareous grassland and quarries.