This stripy moth that can be found in a variety of colour forms, is widespread and common in most parts of the UK and is on the wing from March until May.

Dog rose and other wild roses are the foodplants for caterpillars of this moth, although they are unobtrusive and won’t cause any noticeable damage, so the species can be found in gardens, hedgerows and woodland.

Flight Season

There is one generation that flies from March through to late May.

Size and Family

  • Family – Geometridae
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 25-30mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common Resident

Caterpillar Food Plants

The caterpillars feed on Dog rose and other wild roses (Rosa).

Habitat

Can be found in woodland, hedgerows, scrubland and other open areas such as gardens.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • Common throughout England and Wales but scarcer further north
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