Calamotropha paludella

Alternative names
Bulrush Veneer

Wingspan 22-33 mm. Sexually dimorphic, the males are slightly smaller and darker than the females. Both sexes have bright white hind wings.

Identification difficulty

In marshes, fens and other wet habitats.

When to see it

The adults fly in July and August and are attracted to light.

Life History

The slender larva mines the leaves, stems and upper rootstock of Bulrush from September to May, pupating there in June and July.

UK Status

Locally distributed in south and south-east England, with some records as far north as Cheshire and Lancashire. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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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