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Cilix glaucata (Scopoli, 1763)
Drepanidae: Drepaninae
1651 / 65.007
Photo © Stephen Youngs,  21/05/2014 - Hethersett

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 10-13mm.
Flight: Two Generations. Apr-Jun. Jul-Sep.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Crab Apple.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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This moth has delicate silvery markings on some of the veins, and these suggest a character in the Chinese alphabet, hence its common name. This mixture of white with brown markings provides excellent camouflage. When at rest, with its head tucked away under its thorax, and its feet well hidden away under its wings, the moth looks just like a bird dropping!

Recorded in 67 (91%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
16/07/2024127TG42Eccles
16/07/2024128TF63Dersingham
16/07/2024127TG31Upton
16/07/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
15/07/2024327TG31Upton
14/07/2024227TG42Eccles
14/07/2024328TF63Dersingham
14/07/2024128TL99Rockland St Peter
14/07/2024128TF63Heacham
13/07/2024327TG42Eccles
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