Scientific name: Callistege mi
This striking day-flying moth is named after a 16th century witch.
When to seeAdults fly from May to early July
AboutThe Mother Shipton is a day-flying moth, on the wing from May to early July. It can be found on a variety of flower-filled grasslands, where its caterpillars feed on clovers, trefoils, and other plants. Mother Shiptons are often seen flying alongside burnet companion moths and dingy skipper butterflies. They are only usually seen flying on sunny days, but are easily disturbed from resting spots in long grass and on plants.
This moth is named after a prophetess (sometimes regarded as a witch) called Old Mother Shipton, who according to legends was born during a thunderstorm in a Yorkshire cave in 1488. Old Mother Shipton is described as having a long, crooked nose and a big, pointed chin. The moth was named after Mother Shipton because the markings on its forewings are thought to resemble her face - they do look just like a cartoon witch!