Bryotropha politella

Alternative names
Polished Groundling

Wingspan 12 to 16 mm.  The adult males are brownish-grey with several darker spots, and females are similar, though paler. Both sexes often show a sheen to the forewings.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

There are similar species, and care must be taken with identification; dissection is often necessary for confirmation.


Found in dry grassy habitats.

When to see it

Adults fly in June and July.

Life History

The early stages are poorly documented but the species occurs in dry grassy habitats and is suspected to feed on grasses or moss.

UK Status

This species is distributed over much of the British Isles, though it tends to be commoner in the North. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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