Crambus perlella

Alternative names
Satin Grass-veneer

Wingspan 21-28 mm. The typical form is creamy white with a slight silken lustre. There is also a differently-marked form,  warringtonellus, which has heavy streaking.

Identification difficulty

Grassland and rough meadows.

When to see it

The adults fly in July and August and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on grasses in a silken gallery amongst the base of the stems.

UK Status

Widespread and common throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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

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