Epiblema foenella

Alternative names
White-foot Bell

Wingspan 17 to 26 mm. One of the more distinctive Epiblema species, with its diagnostic angular whitish marking on a dark brown ground colour, although the shape and colour of this mark does vary.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats.

When to see it

The adults fly from late afternoon into the evening, and come to light at night.

Life History

The larvae feed on the roots and lower stem of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris).

UK Status

Fairly common in the south and west of Britain, becoming rarer in the north and east. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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