Aethes smeathmanniana

Alternative names
Yarrow Conch

Wingspan 12-19 mm. The ground colour of this moth varies from whitish to yellowish but the species differs from several related species by its narrower forewings. The 'V' shaped markings are of a rust colour.

Identification difficulty

Grassy areas where Yarrow is present.

When to see it

It occurs as an adult from May through to August or September.

Life History

The larvae feed on the seeds of Yarrow and Knapweeds

UK Status

Widely distributed throughout England, Wales and Scotland. 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)

49.120 BF947

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map