Epinotia brunnichana

Alternative names
Large Birch Bell

Wingspan 18-22 mm. A fairly variable species, though usually showing a pale blotch on the dorsal area, sometimes edged with darker.

Identification difficulty

Well wooded areas containing the larval foodplants.

When to see it

The moths fly in July and August, from dusk onwards, when it can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larva rolls a leaf of Birch, Hazel or Willow and feeds inside.

UK Status

Distributed throughout mainland Britain, although generally commoner in the north, especially Scotland. 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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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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