Blastodacna hellerella

Alternative names
Hawthorn Cosmet

Wingspan 11 mm. This is a fairly distinctive moth.

Identification difficulty

The moth is to be found in woodland margins, parks and gardens where Hawthorn species are to be found.

When to see it

The adult is nocturnal and flies during June and July, when it can be attracted by light.

Life History

Larvae burrow into the berries of Hawthorn (Crataegus) species.

UK Status

Common, in hedgerows, woodland edges and scrub, throughout the British Isles but not in northern Scotland and rare in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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