Bud Moth - Spilonota ocellana


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

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)

49.224 BF1205

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map