Bedellia somnulentella

    Alt Name
    Bindweed Bent-wing
    Description

    Wingspan 8 mm to 10 mm. A plain looking micromoth with a pale mottled brown appearance.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats, especially where the larval foodplant is found.

    When to see it

    The adults occur in two generations; in August and October to May, being 'somnolent' in the winter months.

    Life History

    The distinctive larva feeds on bindweeds mining the leaves.

    UK Status

    Widespread in southern Britain, but it is subject to huge fluctuations in numbers. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It seems to have become more frequent recently in Leicestershire and Rutland although it is often the larval leaf mines that are recorded. Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Reference
    24.001 BF264

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map