The Engrailed - Ectropis crepuscularia

Alternative names
Engrailed Moth, Ectropis bistortata

Wingspan 30-40 mm. A very variable species, which closely resembles the Small Engrailed (E. crepuscularia). Some authorities consider them to be conspecific.

Identification difficulty

Frequenting woodland, gardens and other bushy habitats.

When to see it

There are two generations, flying in March and April, and then in July and August, but in the Northern parts of its range it is single-brooded, flying in April and May.

Life History

Larva feeds on the foliage of many different woody plants.

UK Status

The species is common in England and Wales, less so in Scotland and Ireland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

70.270 BF1947

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map