Gelechia rhombella

Alternative names
Apple Groundling

Can be identified by its sharp black 'shoulder-patches' and dark spots on a greyish brown forewing.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, especially where the larval foodplant occurs.

When to see it

Adult moths fly in July and August and come to light.

Life History

The larva feeds in a folded leaf, or between spun leaves, of Apple (Malus).

UK Status

Uncommon but relatively well-distributed over much of England and North Wales, and extends into Scotland and parts of eastern Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B

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).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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