Garden Pebble - Evergestis forficalis


Wingspan 25-28 mm. This species has a distinctive resting posture and when completely at repose has the wings held in a steep tent-like fashion.

Identification difficulty

Gardens and similar habitats throughout Britain.

When to see it

Double-brooded, flying in May and June, then again from late July to September, the adults are regularly attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae like to feed on cultivated Cruciferous plants and can be a pest in gardens and allotments.

UK Status

Widespread and common in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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