Common Drill

Dichrorampha petiverella


Wing span 10 to 13 mm. From the top the moth is mainly brown with a yellow quarter-moon across its wings. The leading edges of its front wings show tiger-like markings in black and chestnut, but these are not always obvious.


Meadows, hedgerows, woodland edge and brown-field sites. The larvae feed on Yarrow and Tansey roots.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread throughout England and Wales but mostly coastal in Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.