Acrobasis suavella

Alternative names
Thicket Knot-horn, Trachycera suavella

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

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).

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

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