Acleris cristana

    Alt Name
    Tufted Button
    Description

    Wingspan 18 to 22 mm. Quite a distinctive species which shows a wide variation in appearance, with a number of named forms. It has an unusual raised patch of scales, or 'scale-tuft' in the centre of the forewing.

    Habitat

    It prefers well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    This species flies between August and November, then again from March till May after hibernation.

    Life History

    The larva feeds on a range of rosaceous trees and bushes, including Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

    UK Status

    Occurring mainly in southern England where it is fairly frequent but slightly less common elsewhere. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Reference
    49.076 BF1054

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map