Grapholita janthinana

Alternative names
Pale-bordered Piercer

Wingspan 9-11 mm. A small moth with a mottling of browns, oranges and greys.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, gardens and woodland edges.

When to see it

This moth flies during the afternoon and early evening and is at large during July and early August.

Life History

The larva feeds in the berries of Hawthorn, spinning two or three berries together with silk. The larva then leaves the spinning and spends the winter in a cocoon before pupating.

UK Status

Distributed mainly in the southern half of England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular 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