Acleris literana

    Alternative names
    Lichen Button
    Description

    Wingspan 18 to 22 mm. This is a distinctive species. It is very variable, and many different forms have been described, but they often have a combination of pale or whitish green ground colour with blackish markings.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    An inhabitant of Oak woodland.

    When to see it

    The moth is on the wing in August and September, and again in April and May, having overwintered as an adult.

    UK Status

    Locally distributed, mainly in the southern half of Britain. 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
    49.087 BF1061

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