A rather obscurely marked grey moth, which has a freckled appearrance. Generally larger than the Annulet, which also has a less pointed forewing. Sometimes found by day at rest on rocks and stone walls, and can be disturbed by day. Flies from dusk and after dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Scarce (Nationally Scarce B)

Caterpillar Food Plants

Yellow Saxifrage and other saxifrages, stonecrops, Heather, Bell Heather, Cross-leaved Heath, and Petty Whin. Probably also on other small plants.


Frequents mountains and moorlands especially where there is exposed rock, such as in gullies and old quarries. Has also been found on a rocky shoreline.


  • Countries – Scotland, Ireland
  • Patchily distributed in northern and central Scotland and found on the Hebrides and the Isle of Arran. Not known from Orkney or Shetland. In Ireland, it has been reported from Cos. Clare, Galway, Mayo and Donegal.
Scotch Annulet by Mark Parsons

Scotch Annulet

Scotch Annulet - Geoffrey Hiscocks

Scotch Annulet

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