Gelechia sororculella

Alternative names
Dark-striped Groundling

Wingspan 13 to 15 mm. A brown or blackish moth which is distinguished from its congeners by the distinctive white ringed discal spot splitting a black streak along the fold, and a pale angulate postmedian fascia.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed. If possible the moth should be retained until identification is confirmed.


Where Salix species (willows) occur.

When to see it

The adult moths emerge in a single generation in July and August.

Life History

The eggs of this species are laid on willow (Salix) species, most commonly Sallow or Grey Willow. The larvae feed in spinnings among the leaves and sometimes in female catkins, and can be found in May. Pupation occurs within the spinnings.

UK Status

Widespread, but rather local in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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