Acrobasis suavella

    Alt Name
    Thicket Knot-horn, Trachycera suavella
    Description

    Wingspan 22 to 24 mm.This is the largest of the British Trachycera species, and rather dark, being mostly reddish-purple with two indistinct pale cross-lines and a whitish suffusion near the leading edge of the forewing.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    In areas containing Blackthorn.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History

    Blackthorn is the preferred foodplant, the larvae constructing an untidy silken gallery amongst the leaves.

    UK Status

    It is a local species occurring in the southern English counties.

    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
    62.036 BF1438

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map