Cannot be confused with any other species. A sandy brown moth with many red-brown cross-lines, although the female tends to be paler and smaller than the male. This moth rests on stems with the paler hindwing partially exposed.

Flies in the afternoon in dry, sunny weather and again after dark, and can be common where it occurs. Hides amongst vegetation in dull or overcast conditions.

Size and Family

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

Conservation status

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

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Not known for certain, but possibly on Meadow Buttercup.


  • Countries – Scotland
  • Only found in Scotland
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining


Associated on rough upland pasture and moorland, usually associated with wet flushes dominated by rushes.

Slender-striped Rufous by Keith Tailby

Slender-striped Rufous

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