Clepsis consimilana

Alternative names
Privet Twist

Wingspan 13-19 mm. One of the plainer-looking of the Tortricidae, the female being even more indistinctly marked than the male. Two small darker spots on the hind edge of the reddish-brown forewing help to distinguish this species.

Identification difficulty

Found in various habitats including parks and gardens.

When to see it

The adult moth is on the wing from June to September and comes to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on trees such as Privet apparently preferring dead leaves.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales but less well recorded further north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

49.038 BF994

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map