Grapholita compositella

Alternative names
Triple-stripe Piercer

Wingspan 9-10 mm. A small but very attractive Tortricid, being all dark except for four long white strigulae on the dorsum and eight short ones on the leading forewing edge. There is also a leaden metallic patch, or ocellus towards the rear of the wing.

Identification difficulty

Found in short grassy habitats.

When to see it

The moths can be found flying by day and are on the wing in May and June and again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Clover, either in the stems or in spun leaves.

UK Status

The species is widely distributed over the British Isles and can be common in places. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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

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