Acleris sparsana

Alternative names
Ashy Button

Wingspan 18-22 mm. A variable species, sometimes with a distinctive triangular marking on the upperwing but often with a greyish ground colour, obscurely marked with specks of darker and lighter.

Identification difficulty

Favouring Beech and Sycamore the larval foodplants.

When to see it

The flight period is from August through to October.

Life History

Larva: 14-16 mm long.

UK Status

Fairly common over most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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