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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map