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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map