Agonopterix umbellana

Alternative names
Gorse Flat-Body
Agonopterix ulicetella

Wingspan about 21 mm. This species can resemble the more striated forms of A. nervosa, but has a more rounded termen, with a row of black dots and two brownish lines in the cilia. It also has a dark central line on the thorax.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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In areas where Gorse is present.

When to see it

The adult stage lasts from August to April. It hibernates over winter and can reappear in the early spring. The larvae feed from late May to early August on Gorse and Greenweed from obvious silk tubes as thick as a pencil.

UK Status

Widely but locally distributed throughout the British Isles, it can be locally common among gorse in coastal localities. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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