Brown China-mark - Elophila nymphaeata

    Description

    Wingspan 22-30 mm. This species is quite variable and some examples are quite dark and dull-looking, whereas others can have delicately-patterned white patches and streaks.

    Habitat

    Around ponds, lakes and canals.

    When to see it

    The moth flies from June to August.

    Life History

    The group of moths known as China-marks are unusual in that their larvae are entirely aquatic, feeding on water plants.

    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    63.114 BF1345

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map