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

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