Epinotia abbreviana

Alternative names
Brown Elm Bell

Wingspan 12 to 16 mm. E. abbreviana varies greatly in the strength of its markings and darkness of colour.

Identification difficulty

Wherever Elms occur on lowland sites. During daylight, it often sits exposed on foliage or trunks.

When to see it

It flies in June and July at dusk and night

Life History

In April, the early instar larva eats through an Elm bud. When the bud opens it reveals a highly distinctive arc of holes caused by the larva but by this time the larva has moved to a spinning made with another Elm leaf. Pupation occurs in late May or early June. Field Maple is also eaten.

UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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