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.
Overwinters as a pupa, the larva feeding from late May to July. Young larvae feed only on the young shoots
Size and Family
- Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
- Small Sized
- Wingspan Range - 23-25mm
- UK BAP: Priority Species
- Red Data Book
Caterpillar Food Plants
Bearberry (Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi)
Mountains and moorland
- Countries – Scotland
- Central Scottish Highlands
- Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining