Chrysoesthia sexguttella

Alternative names
Six-spot Neb

Wingspan 8 to 10 mm.

Identification difficulty

Disturbed and waste areas where the larval foodplants Orache, Fat-hen and Goosefoots are found.

When to see it

A bivoltine species, with adults on the wing in May and June, then again in August.

Life History

The larva is a leaf-miner, creating whitish blotches in the leaves of the foodplants Orache, Fat-hen and Goosefoots.

UK Status

Widely distributed throughout the British Isles, and common in some places. 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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