Epinotia nisella

    Alt Name
    Grey Poplar Bell
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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).

    Reference
    49.255 BF1138

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map