Agonopterix liturosa

    Alt Name
    Large Purple Flat-body
    Description

    Wingspan 17 to 20 mm. One of the more distinctive Agonopterix species, with its combination of well-marked purplish-brown forewings and buffish thorax and head.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas where the larval foodplant is common.

    When to see it

    The normal flight period for the adults is July to August, when the species is attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larva feeds on St. Johns-wort spinning together the shoots and feeding within.

    UK Status

    Locally scattered in England and Wales, becoming less frequent into Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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
    32.008 BF709

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map