Length 3 to 3.5 mm. A small but striking species that is superficially similar to Ribautiana tenerana and Allegra albostriatella. However, there is no appendix to the wing apex, and the grey colouring of the apical area is even rather than concentrated into spots as it is in Ribautiana.
Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.
Common on a variety of deciduous trees (especially oak) and also on brambles.
Adult: August to November.
Widely distributed across southern England and Wales. May only recently have spread to northern England, as earlier records are from further south.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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