Scientific name: Lomaspilis marginata
June to July with occasional second generation from August onwards. Common and well distributed throughout Britain. A small but beautiful moth with brown-black borders on both wings.
The markings are clearly visible as the wing rests with both wings held flat. The extent of the border marking can vary, sometimes extending to the centre of the wings towards the body.
The adults fly at dusk and are attracted to light. The caterpillars can be found from mid-July to mid-September before overwintering as pupae underground.
Size and Family
- Family – Thorns, beauties, umbers and allies (Geometridae)
- Small Sized
- Wingspan Range – 22-28mm
- UK BAP: Not listed
Caterpillar Food Plants
Aspen (Populus tremula), poplars, sallows, willows and Hazel (Corylus avellana).
Woodland, wetlands and heathland.
- Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Well distributed throughout England, Wales and much of Scotland, the Isle of Man and Ireland. Also frequent in the Channel Islands.