Chrysoclista linneella

Alternative names
Lime Cosmet

Wingspan about 12mm. An attractive species, sporting metallic leaden blotches against a bright orange ground colour.

Identification difficulty

Where Lime trees are present.

When to see it

There is an extended emergence period for the adults, being on the wing from May to September.

Life History

The larvae feed under the bark of Lime trees, and are difficult to locate except for the existence of brownish frass on the surface.

UK Status

This moth has a predominantly south-eastern distribution in England, but does extend into Yorkshire and South Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Knighton record of 23rd July 2018 was the first for VC55 although a second specimen was recorded in Evington the following day!

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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