Dingy Shears - Apterogenum ypsillon

Alternative names
Parastichtis ypsillon

Wingspan 32 to 42 mm. A rather dull and nondescript species, as suggested by the English name.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, especially around Willow.

When to see it

The adult flight time is during June and July, and can be attracted by sugar as well as light.

Life History

The caterpillars, like the adults are rather dull. They feed on Willow at night; during the day they descend to hide amongst loose bark at the bases of the trees.

UK Status

This moth is reasonably well distributed throughout England and Wales; it is scarcer in Scotland and rather rare in Ireland.

VC55 Status

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

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

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