Epinotia nisella

Alternative names
Grey Poplar Bell

Wingspan 12 to17 mm. This is a very variable species. There are many variations, though one of the more distinctive is f. decorana, which shows an orange area over the mid-part of the forewing.

Identification difficulty

In areas where the larval foodplant is common.

When to see it

Adults emerge in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Willow and Poplar during the spring.

UK Status

Widely distributed and fairly common throughout 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


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

UK Map