Shaded Broad-bar

  • Shaded Broad-bar
    Shaded Broad-bar

Scientific name: Scotopteryx chenopodiata

July - August. Britain and Ireland. Medium-sized moth, forewings brown and orange. Found in many habitats, including grassy embankments, downland, waste places. Often found near vetches and clovers.

Can be variable in colour, from light to darker brown, with a distinct darker cross-band, though the inner area of this is usually paler. Readily disturbed from grassy vegetation and low herbage by day. Also flies from dusk and after dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Research only
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Clovers and vetches.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed in England, Wales, lowland Scotland and Ireland. Also found on the Inner Hebrides, Orkney, the Isle of Man and rarely on the Channel Islands. Often found commonly where it occurs.


Frequents a wide range of open grassy places, including calcareous grassland, hedgerows, heathland, sand dunes and woodland rides.

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