Common Nettle-tap - Anthophila fabriciana

    Alternative names

    Wingspan 10-15 mm. Wing colour a patchwork of browns and greys sometimes with a frosted appearance. The edge of the forewing is often chequered.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste ground and in hedgerows and gardens where Common Nettle grows.

    When to see it

    It flies in the daytime from May throughout the summer and can sometimes be found in large numbers around clumps of Common Nettle.

    Life History

    The larval foodplant is Nettle.

    UK Status

    Very common species, occurring throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map