Acleris sparsana

    Alt Name
    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)

    49.069 BF1041

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map