Carpatolechia notatella

Alternative names
Sallow-leaf Groundling

Wingspan about 14mm. There are a number of rather similar species, and care must be taken in the identification.

Identification difficulty

Occupying woods, heaths and fenland especially damper areas where willow is present.

When to see it

Moths are on the wing in May and June when they can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on various willows during August and September, consuming the parenchyma on the underside of the leaves.

UK Status

This species is fairly widely distributed across much of the British Isles, but is not particularly common. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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