Ash Bud Moth - Prays fraxinella

    Description

    Wingspan 14-17 mm. The typical form is distinctive and easy to recognise, less so the dark form which closely resemble Prays ruficeps.  In the dark form of Prays fraxinella the markings of the standard form remain faintly visible against the dark wing colouration.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Around wooded areas containing Ash.

    When to see it

    The adult is on the wing from June to July although a plainer, darker form is often found into August.

    Life History

    The larvae of this species, as the English name suggests, feed on the buds of Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) in its later stages. As a smaller larva, it mines the leaf.

    UK Status

    Quite common with records concentrated in the south and north-west of England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    Reference
    22.002 BF449

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map