Cnephasia longana

Alternative names
Long-winged Shade

Wingspan 15 to 22mm. This species is sexually dimorphic: male adults have a uniform white to yellowish-brown unmarked forewing while female adults are variably marked with light to dark brown. Some females have a strong banded pattern. Males lack a costal fold.

Identification difficulty

Coastal and chalky habitats, grassland, fens, heathland.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Larvae have been recorded feeding on plants from a number of families.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in the southern half of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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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