Eidophasia messingiella

Alternative names
Bitter-cress Smudge

Wingspan 14 to 16 mm. Its blackish colouration and pale central band make this a very distinctive species.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Please provide a photograph to support your record for this uncommon species.


Found on wasteland, being closely associated with its foodplant - Hoary Cress.

When to see it

Flies in in June to July and can be attracted to light.

Life History


UK Status

It is found locally in England and Wales and can be more common in southern England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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