Depressaria chaerophylli

Alternative names
Streaked Flat-body

Wingspan 19 to 22 mm.  A well-marked member of the Depressariinae.  Fresh, well-marked specimens may be identifiable from a good photograph, but worn individuals may need to be confirmed by reference to the genitalia. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters. (but see under 'Description')


Verges and hedgerows where Rough Chervil is present.

When to see it

The moths emerge in July and August, and hibernate during the winter, after which they may appear until April.

Life History

The colourful larvae feed on Rough Chervil.

UK Status

It has a scattered distribution over much of the southern half of England and just extending into south Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where it was not recorded until 2017.  The Sapcote record of 16th April 2019 appears to be only the second VC55 record.

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

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