Epermenia falciformis

Alternative names
Large Lance-wing

Wingspan 9-11 mm. A fairly distinctive and well-marked species being patterned in buffs and browns with odd dark marks. Note the tufts along the back.

Identification difficulty

Preferring moist habitats, marshes and water margins.

When to see it

The adult moths are on the wing in two generations, from June to July and again in August and September.

Life History

The larvae feed on Wild Angelica or Ground-elder feeding in spun leaves or mining the stems.

UK Status

Distributed locally in the southern half of England. It also occurs sporadically in parts of Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. 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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