Anania fuscalis

Alternative names
Cinerous Pearl, Opsibotys fuscalis

Wingspan 20 to 26 mm. A weakly-coloured brown species with light patterning.

Identification difficulty

Damp pastures, grassland and marshy areas.

When to see it

The single generation of moths are on the wing in late May and June.

Life History

The foodplants are Yellow-rattle and Common Cow-wheat.

UK Status

It is locally distributed throughout most of Britain, but not especially common. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Newton Harcourt record of 18th May 2014 was the first confirmed record for VC55.

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

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