Cream-bordered Green Pea - Earias clorana

Description

Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. A small but distinctive green species, only likely to be confused with the micro Tortrix viridana, which however rests with a much 'flatter' aspect.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Inhabits fens, marshes and damp woodland.

When to see it

Flying mainly in May and June, sometimes there is a second generation in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on various willows including Osier.

UK Status

It is scattered locally throughout south-eastern England, with occasional records elsewhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

Reference
74.011 BF2418

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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