Epinotia bilunana

Alternative names
Crescent Bell

Wingspan 13-17 mm. Fairly distinctive with its creamy or pale greyish ground colour and diffuse blackish markings.

Identification difficulty

Birch woodland and other areas where Birch is present.

When to see it

The adult flies during June and July and like most of its close relatives, is active from dusk into the night.

Life History

The larvae feed internally on the catkins of Birch throughout the winter period.

UK Status

Quite common throughout most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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