Apple Pith Moth - Blastodacna atra


Wingspan 11 to 13 mm. Ground colour of this species seems to vary from pale brown to much darker almost black specimens.

Identification difficulty

Occurring in orchards and gardens.

When to see it

The adult moths occur between May and September, and are sometimes attracted to garden light-traps.

Life History

The larvae feed inside small twigs of apple, mining under the surface and causing the shoot to die off.

UK Status

Widely but thinly distributed in England, it is even more local in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map