2020 Figure of Eight (Diloba caeruleocephala )

Family Notodontidae

Wingspan mm.

Flight period October and November


This moth , so called because of the creamy markings on its wing, which can resemble the figure 8.T he moth is on the wing during October and November. Eggs are laid in small groups on twigs of the foodplant where they spend the winter before hatching into caterpillars during late April. Caterpillars feed on Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Apple and are found on these plants until mid July when they pupate in a cocoon formed in soil or leaf litter.

The Figure of Eight is a woodland, hedgerow and garden moth generally common and well distributed throughout most of England, Wales and southern Scotland