Agonopterix arenella

    Alt Name
    Brindled Flat-body

    Wingspan 19 to 23 mm. The posture of this moth is typical of many of the Depressariinae which rest with flattened, overlapping wings.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in various habitats.

    When to see it

    It is a nocturnal flier and is attracted to light.

    Life History

    This species hatches in the autumn and spends the winter as an adult. The larvae feed on Thistle and Knapweed.

    UK Status

    Occurs fairly frequently throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    32.017 BF697

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map