The larvae of both species are also superficially similar, the Mullein having black spotting between each segment, whereas Striped Lychnis larvae generally have a clear band of pale green between each segment. Striped Lychnis feeds from July to mid September, whereas that of the Mullein feeds from late May to July.
- Medium Sized
- Wing Span Range (male to female) - 42-47mm
- UK BAP: Priority Species
- Nationally Scarce
The larva usually feeds on the flowers and can readily be found by day; July to mid-September. Overwinters as a pupa, on or just below the ground surface.
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum), but has been reported on White Mullein (V. lychnitis) and ornamental mulleins in gardens
- Countries – England
- Local in southern England, being found in West Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Also once recently in Wiltshire. Formerly found in some other parts of southern England.
- Distribution Trend Since 1970s = Britain: Declining
Roadside verges, embankments, field margins, rough downland, and also woodland rides and clearings. Usually in un-shaded situations.
Striped Lychnis Priority Species Factsheet
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