Erebidae: Erebinae

2462 (ABH72.084) Mother Shipton Euclidia mi (=Callistege), (Clerck, 1759)


Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
2nd June 2009
2nd June 2009
 Photo © Kevin Royles
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

The vernacular name of this species refers to the forewing markings which appear to show an old lady or witch's head, refering to 'Old Mother Shipton', the 16th century Yorkshire witch.


Pupates between grass stems or in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 13-16mm.
Foodplant(s): clovers (Trifolium spp.), Lucerne (Medicago sativa), Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Black Medick (Medicago lupulina), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), grasses
Flying: One generation, early May-early July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Grassland, heathland and meadows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 70 (25.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 25 April to 01 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 18 May to 17 June

Larva Type:
Brown, yellow, white, pink
No. of Proleg Pairs: