Anacampsis populella

Alternative names
Poplar Sober

A very plain grey species. It is difficult to tell from A. blattariella  but that has a different foodplant.

Identification difficulty

Areas containing Willows, Poplars, Aspen etc.

When to see it

It flies in July and August and can sometimes be found at rest on leaves and trunks of the foodplants as was the case with the individual in the photograph.

Life History

The larva feeds on Willow (Salix) and Poplar (Populus), in a leaf rolled in the manner of a Tortrix.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England but less so in Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be quite an uncommon species in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

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

UK Map