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Forester
Adscita statices (Linnaeus, 1758)
Zygaenidae: Procridinae
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Similar Species: None
Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 11-13mm.
Flight: One generation. May-July.
Foodplant:   Common and Sheeps Sorel.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Local.
Well recorded in the Brecks, and at scattered sites along the coast.
Flies in sunshine feeding at flowers in open habitats, damp grassland, chalk, heathland.

The only green Forester moth found in Norfolk, the similar Cistus Forester does not occur.

The Forester may not always appear Green. The moth has a humidity-dependent colour-changing ability, changing its colour from green during the day to red when night falls. In a recent study by University of Fribourg and Lund University, researchers have dubbed these moths "living water vapour sensors", the water causing a distortion of the light. More info...

S41 - UK BAP priority species.

Recorded in 32 (43%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
13/06/2024128TF71West Bilney
13/08/2023127TG04Salthouse
01/08/2023128TL99Little Ellingham
30/07/2023128TF71West Bilney
26/07/2023127TG42Horsey
26/07/2023428TL79Mundford
20/07/2023128TF71West Bilney
18/07/2023128TL98East Wretham Heath
08/07/2023128TF71West Bilney
07/07/20231928TL79Cranwich
Further info: Adscita statices
 
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