Fox Moth

Macrothylacia rubi


Species Codes

B&F 1638 RES 66.008

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Species Account

A common species nationally, in Kent it is easiest to find at the coast, although there are plenty of records from Blean, Orlestone/Hamstreet and other well-visited sites. The male often flies by day, but can also be seen at light traps, whilst the female flies only at night. This moth is unmistakable with its size, the two crosslines and lack of any white spots.


Coastal grassland, sand dunes, downland, heathland and damp meadows

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 Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi) 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:


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Reporting Rate

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Photo Gallery

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