Dichrorampha acuminatana

Alternative names
Sharp-winged Drill

Wingspan 10-15 mm. This species at first glance appears rather nondescript but, when viewed closely, has a subtle mix of sub metallic and chestnut markings.

Identification difficulty

Grassland containing the larval foodplants Oxeye Daisy and Tansy.

When to see it

Occurs on the wing in two generations; firstly in April and May and then again in August or September.

Life History

The larval foodplants are Oxeye Daisy and Tansy. Like other Dichrorampha species, the larvae burrow into the rootstock and feed within.

UK Status

It occurs fairly locally throughout most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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