Calybites phasianipennella

    Alt Name
    Little Slender
    Description

    Wingspan 10 to 11 mm. Two forms occur, the typical one with a large dorsal streak and reduced paler markings elsewhere, and f. quadruplella with four large creamy or whitish markings. There are also intermediates.

    Habitat

    In areas containing the larval foodplants.

    When to see it

    This species flies in September and overwinters as an adult, after which it can be found until April or May.

    Life History

    The larval foodplants are dock, knotgrass and loosestrife. Initially, a gallery is formed, this turning into a blotch, and later two successive conical leaf rolls.

    UK Status

    Occurring locally in England, Scotland and parts of Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    15.017 BF296

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map