Dichrorampha petiverella

Alternative names
Common Drill

Wingspan 10 to 13 mm. A colourful species with a very clearly defined pale crescent. There are similar species and care is needed with identification with microscopic examination usually required.

Identification difficulty

Inhabits meadows, rough pastures and hedgerows.

When to see it

The adults fly from June to August, and like most other members of the genus, is on the wing in the late afternoon and early evening.

Life History

The larvae feed on the roots of Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare).

UK Status

Fairly common over most of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. 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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