Sciota hostilis

Checklist Number
62.016 [B&F: 1447]

Record will require further evidence, at least a good photograph, unless CMR is aware recorder has confidence in identification


Authority:(Stephens, 1834)

Endangered (proposed as a future Red Data Book species) and a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Since 1994, restricted to a single wood in Warwickshire, where present since 1961, formerly found throughout south-east England. Not recorded in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight since 1993. Wingspan 23-26 mm. The most likely confusion species are S. adelphella and Pempelia formosa. S. hostilis is usually a rather dull-coloured, dark, obscurely marked species, though it is variable, and forms in which the base of the forewing is red- or orange-tinted are very easy to recognise; S. adelphella differs in the shape of the antemedian bar on the forewing, which angles strongly outward at the dorsum, but in S. hostilis meets the trailing edge of the forewing more or less at a right angle; P. formosa is generally slightly smaller than the two Sciota species, with the two discal marks on the forewing united and almost touching the antemedian line [Goater]. Larva feeds on Aspen, over-wintering as a pupa in a cocoon.