Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Hadeninae » Orthosia cerasi (Fabricius, 1775) 73.244 (BF2187)
Forewing length 13-17 mm. A variable moth, some with a plain ground colour, and others with a darker band across the forewing, but all have large, rounded stigmata outlined paler. The larva feeds on oak (Quercus), sallow (Salix) and other deciduous trees. The adult flies March to April. Found mainly in woodland, but also seen in gardens where it is readily attracted to light. Common and widespread throughout Britain except the far north.
Attracted to outside light, back garden, South Staffordshire. 17th March 2020. Photos © Peter Hillman. Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.