Geometridae: Ennominae

07540 Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF1890 (ABH70.212)


General Information

This species is very similar to the Peacock Moth (M. notata).


Pupates just beneath the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 13-15mm.
Foodplant(s): sallows (Salix spp.), willows (Salix spp.), Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Flying: Two generations, late May-early July and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Scrub heathland, open broadleaved and coniferous woodland, fens, and coastal sand-dunes.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Peacock Moth Macaria notata

Larva Type:
Green, brown, grey
No. of Proleg Pairs: