Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Hadeninae » Cerapteryx graminis (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.254 BF2176
Forewing length 12-17 mm. The females are larger than the males with plain antennae. A well-marked moth with creamy white, antler-like markings on the forewings. The larva feeds on various types of grasses, sometimes abundantly, and it is well-known for its ability to devastate large tracts of grassland on high ground. The adult flies from June to September, and flies during the day as well as at night, where it is attracted to light. Found in grassy places like downland or moorland. Common throughout much of Britain.



Attracted to outside light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 8th August 2020. Photos © Peter Hillman.