Cnephasia communana

Alternative names
May Shade

The wingspan is 18 to 22 mm. Many of the Cnephasia species are externally very similar, and gen det is required for species identification.  Where gen det has not been carried out the records should be added as Cnephasia sp.

Similar Species

Other Cnephasia species.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Gen det is required for species identification. Where possible, please include a photograph of the moth with your records.


It frequents meadows and rough grassland.

When to see it

One of the earliest Cnephasia species to fly.  Adults are often on the wing in May and may then be encountered up to July. 

Life History

There is one generation per year.

UK Status

Mostly recorded from the southern counties of England and even there it can be rather local. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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