Cnephasia genitalana

Alternative names
Dover Shade

Wingspan 15 to 22 mm. It is one of the least well-marked of the Cnephasia species, though some individuals are more strongly marked.

Identification difficulty

The moth frequents chalk downland and rough grassland.

When to see it

Flying in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed in spun flowers or leaves of a range of herbaceous plants, for example ragwort and buttercup.

UK Status

Infrequent and local in Britain, occurring mainly in the southern counties of England and South 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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