Agonopterix ocellana

    Alternative names
    Red-letter Flat-body

    Wingspan 19 to 22 mm. This fairly distinctive Agonopterix is easily identified by the combination of rufous, black and white in the centre of the forewing.

    Identification difficulty

    Areas where willow is plentiful.

    When to see it

    Overwinters as an adult, often being found in early spring as it awakes from hibernation.

    Life History

    The larva feeds on various willows, feeding between leaves spun together with silk.

    UK Status

    Relatively common throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    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).

    32.007 BF701

    be our species champion

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map