Anania lancealis

Alternative names
Long-winged Pearl

Wingspan 26 to 34 mm. The males of this species have distinctively long and narrow forewings, the females being more normally proportioned.

Similar Species

Can be confused with the much more common Mother of Pearl.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Records must be supported by detailed photographs.


The moth inhabits woodland and marshy fenland.

When to see it

Flies at night in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on hemp agrimony (Eupatorium), but also other plants.

UK Status

It occurs in the southern half of England and in Wales.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland which is nearing the northern edge of its range.

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

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