Long-horned Flat-body

Carcina quercana (Fabricius, 1775)

This pretty micromoth is very distinctive, the combination of the long antennae, the pinkish ground colour and the yellow spots. There is some variation, with the pinkish ground colour ranging from blackish-pink to orange-pink. The long antennae are almost the length of the forewing. Both the forewings and hindwings are broad, causing a distinctive moth. The larvae is green with white stripes running down the body.

Long-horned Flat-body

Identification

This pretty micromoth is very distinctive, the combination of the long antennae, the pinkish ground colour and the yellow spots. There is some variation, with the pinkish ground colour ranging from blackish-pink to orange-pink. The long antennae are almost the length of the forewing. Both the forewings and hindwings are broad, causing a distinctive moth. The larvae is green with white stripes running down the body.

ORDER

Lepidoptera

FAMILY

Peleopodidae

TYPE

Moths

Carcina quercana is widespread in England and Wales, local in Scotland. In Dorset and Somerset, this species is common and widespread. At Wyke Farm this species is frequently recorded, and is likely breeding on the site.

Found in a range of habitats, including woodlands, scrubland, hedgerows and gardens.

The larvae feed on a broad range of woody plants, most commonly oaks and Beech.

Adults can be seen any time from May to December, but peak between June and September. They frequently come to light, but also can be observed flying at dusk and are disturbed by day readily.

The larvae can be found under leaves of the foodplant in a silken chamber between September and June.

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LATIN NAME

Carcina quercana

Size (MM)

Wingspand 16-22 mm