Eucosma obumbratana

Alternative names
Two-coloured Bell

Wingspan 14-20 mm. A very plain orangey brown moth. The colour varies slightly.

Identification difficulty

Farmland and along the edges of meadows.

When to see it

July and August. Normal flight time is from dusk onwards and they are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed in the autumn on the seed heads of Perennial Sow-thistle before overwintering in a cocoon.

UK Status

A relatively uncommon species, though widely distributed in England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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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