Wingspan c. 20 mm. One of several similar Agonopterix species – care is needed for species identification.
Areas where the larval foodplants occur.
The adult moths fly from August onwards, and like several other Agonopterix species, hibernate over winter and may be found again during mild spells in spring.
The larvae feed on various umbelliferous plants, including Wild Carrot and Hemlock Water-dropwort.
This species has a scattered but widespread distribution over a large part of the British Isles. In Ireland and Scotland it tends to be more coastal. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
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