Chinese Character Drepanidae

Cilix glaucata (Scopoli, 1763)

Description: Wingspan 22-27mm. A small, very distinctive moth. Predominantly white in colour with a greyish blotch on the forewing. The resting adult has a remarkable resemblance to a bird dropping.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside female upperside

Flight Period: Mid-May until the beginning of September.

Status: Common and widespread in southern counties, less evident in the north despite suitable habit.

Ecology: A curiously shaped moth that favours woodlands, hedgerows and scrubby habitats. Adults come to light in small numbers and are occasionally found or beaten from foliage during the day, where they have a tendency to drop into the vegetation rather than fly. The larvae feed mainly on hawthorn and blackthorn although they have been reported on bramble, apple and pear. It spends the winter months in the pupal stage among leaves or cracks and crevices in bark.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1651 Agassiz number: 65.007

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland