Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita
Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita
Adult • Dorset • ©

71.023 BF2010
Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita

(Esper, [1798])


Wingspan 38-45 mm.

Inhabiting mature woodland, this local species has a scattered distribution from the south-east of England, through parts of northern England, and in central Scotland and western Ireland.

The thinly-scaled wings are brownish or purplish-grey, with a distinct creamy patch on the front margin.

The adults are on the wing in April and May, and the larvae feed later in the summer on birch (Betula).
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