Batrachedra praeangusta

Alternative names
Poplar Cosmet

Wingspan 14 to 15 mm. This is a small, inconspicuous species. The adults have elongated narrow forewings, which are a mix of sooty black and paler colour.

Identification difficulty

Most habitats where the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

They fly during July and August, sometimes earlier, and come to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the catkins and leaves of Poplar and Willow.

UK Status

Fairly common in England and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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

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