Chrysoesthia drurella

    Alternative names
    Flame Neb

    Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. A small but brightly coloured species.

    Identification difficulty

    Frequenting open ground and wasteland.

    When to see it

    The moths have two generations, flying in May and June, and again in August and September.

    Life History

    The larvae feed by mining the leaves of goosefoot (Chenopodium) and orache (Atriplex), forming a contorted gallery.

    UK Status

    Distributed widely but locally throughout England, it is rare in Scotland and not known in Ireland or Wales. 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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