Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Cerapteryx graminis


July to September. Britain and Ireland. A medium-sized, brown moth with an antler-like mark on the forewing. Found in open grassland habitats.


This distinctive moth is distinguished by its cream, antler-shaped mark which varies in size on the forewing.  Black streaks on the forewing may or may not be present. Males are smaller than females and have feathered antennae.


The adults fly during the day, especially in the north and more frequently in the morning. They can be found feeding at flowers such as thistles and ragworts and can also fly at night. The larvae can be found from March to June, feeding mainly at night, hiding in grasses during the day. They overwinter as eggs.


What does the Antler eat?

The Antler eats grasses such as Sheep’s-fescue (Festuca ovina), Mat-grass (Nardus stricta) and Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea). Has also been found on sedges and rushes.

What habitat does the Antler live in?

The Antler lives in grassland, favouring acid upland pasture, moorland and downland. 

What family does the Antler belong to?

The Antler belong to the Hadenines family.

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Scientific Name

Cerapteryx graminis


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Medium sized

Wingspan Range: 24-34mm


Common throughout Britain and Ireland

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