Golden-rod Brindle Xylena solidaginis
Golden-rod Brindle Xylena solidaginis
Adult • Hade Edge, Derbyshire • © Ian Kimber

73.207 BF2233
Golden-rod Brindle Xylena solidaginis

(Hübner, [1803])

Wingspan 45-51 mm.

Predominantly a moorland species, though also occurring in open woodland in places, the distribution of this moth is mainly in northern England and Wales, and central Scotland. A few southern records are attributed to migrants.

It is on the wing during August and September, and visits sugar and occasionally light.

Despite both the English and scientific names, the normal foodplants of the caterpillars are moorland species such as heather (Calluna) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
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