Crocidosema plebejana

    Alt Name
    Southern Bell

    Wingspan 12 to 16 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats including parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    The moths fly mainly between July and October, and can be found on the wing from early evening, after which they will come to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Tree-mallow (Lavatera arborea) and related species, internally in the seed capsules and shoots.

    UK Status

    A fairly recent colonist to the British Isles, first discovered in south Devon in 1900. It is now frequent in the south, and is expanding its range. It is thought to have been introduced from warmer climes. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The moth taken in Evington on 1st December 2018 is the first record for this species in VC55.

    49.261 BF1157

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map