Chinese Character

Cilix glaucata


Species Codes

B&F 1651 RES 65.007

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Species Account

Common and widespread throughout Kent, this diminutive moth is intricately marked and always a pleasure to see.

Given our proximity to the continent, one to watch out for is Cilix hispanica which is an altogether cleaner, whiter moth. Notably, on hispanica the 'Chinese character' mark is against a white background, whereas in (our) Chinese Character, that mark is illuminated by a dark background. C. hispanica also lacks such a dark mark on top of the head, but otherwise could easily be overlooked. See Lepiforum for more images.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

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Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

External Links

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