Depressaria pimpinellae

    Alternative names
    Pimpinel Flat-body

    Wingspan about 18mm. This species is rather similar to a number of other, more common species in the sub family Depressariinae and detailed examination by an expert is necessary.

    Identification difficulty

    Areas where the larval food plants are found.

    When to see it

    Adult moths generally emerge in September and overwinter, appearing again in the following spring.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Burnet-saxifrage and Greater Burnet-saxifrage in a silken spinning.

    UK Status

    Distributed in southern England and parts of the Midlands north to Lancashire and Yorkshire, this is a rather local species. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce A.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland - the specimen from Burbage Common in 2015 is the first record of this species in VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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