Carcina quercana

Carcina quercanaTaxonomy

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Oecophoridae

Subfamily: Carcininae

This common moth is widespread and found in association with Beech and Oak trees.

Carcina quercana is small but very attractively coloured. The wings have an irridescent rosy tinge with red markings and yellow borders. It is a nocturnal moth and is on the wing during July and August.

The wingspan of Carcina quercana ranges between 16 and 22 mm.

Distribution

Carcina quercana is common and widespread throughout the UK and Ireland.

Lifecycle

Carcina quercana has green larvae that live and feed during spring in a silk cocoon which is attached to the underside of the leaves of their foodplants.

The larval foodplants of this moth include oak and beech trees.

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

Studying butterflies and moths...