Agnoea josephinae

Alternative names
Orange-headed Concealer
Orange-headed Tubic
Pseudatemelia josephinae

Wingspan about 20 mm. 

Similar Species

It is very similar to Agnoea (Pseudatemelia) flavifrontella and adults are best identified by examination of the genitallia.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Best identified by examination of the genitallia. Records in May and early June are likely to be flavifrontella, but from mid-June onwards gen det is essential.


Woodland, and especially areas where Bilberry is present.

When to see it

Adult moths are on the wing from late June to early August and come to light.

Life History

Associated with Bilberry. Larva feeding for two years on decaying leaves on the ground, in a succession of portable cases made from folded dead leaf sections.

UK Status

Occurs locally in a disjunct distribution covering southern England and south Wales, and in northern England and Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

First record for Leicestershire and Rutland came from Grange Wood on 02/07/2021.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Orange-headed Tubic
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
02/07/2021 (FINCH, GRAHAM)
Last record:
02/07/2021 (FINCH, GRAHAM)

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