Bud Moth - Spilonota ocellana

    Description

    Wingspan 12-17 mm. Although quite variable in the density and colour of the markings, this moth can usually be identified by the darker area towards the head and the small blackish triangular blotch on each forewing, forming a diamond shape when at rest.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Open woodland, hedgerows, orchards, gardens and plantations.

    When to see it

    Flies during July and August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a wide range of shrubs and trees and, as the English name suggests, burrow into the buds during the spring, causing them to wither.

    UK Status

    It is quite common over much of Britain, especially the south. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    Reference
    49.224 BF1205

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