Anania perlucidalis

Alternative names
Fenland Pearl, Phlyctaenia perlucidalis

Wingspan 21-23mm. A fairly plain browny-white moth with a dark mark on the wings.

Identification difficulty

Grassland and scrub where Thistles are present, also known to enjoy coastal locations.

When to see it

The adults are found on the wing during June and July.

Life History

The life history is incompletely known but it is thought to feed on various Thistles

UK Status

An infrequent species, of which there are relatively few records. It was first found in 1957 in a Huntingdonshire fen, which seems to be increasing its range and has since spread to various locations in Central and Southern England.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, though possibly increasing. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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