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

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