Epinotia ramella

    Alternative names
    Small Birch Bell

    Wingspan 13-16 mm. The typical form of this moth has a dark triangular patch on the forewing but a fairly common variation is Epinotia ramella var. costana, which has an all dark forewing with a pale edge on the costa.

    Identification difficulty

    Well wooded areas containing the food plants.

    When to see it

    The adults fly from July into October

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the catkins of Birch and Willow.

    UK Status

    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

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

    UK Map