The colouration of this moth may vary slightly in the number and extent of the brown blotches on the wings but it remains easily recognisable from other species. Flies frequently during the day, especially in sunshine.

Size and Family

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

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Wood Sage, but also recorded on White Dead-nettle, Woundwort and Yellow Archangel.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed throughout England. Locally common in parts of north-west Wales, but more restricted in distribution in south and east Wales, central southern England, East Anglia, West Midlands, Cumbria, and central and western Scotland.  Much less frequent throughout eastern England north to the Moray Firth, in Ireland, where most records are from the Burren, and on Jersey in the Channel Islands.


Frequents open woodland, but also occurs in scrubby areas.

Speckled Yellow by Dave Green

Speckled Yellow