Grapholita jungiella

    Alternative names
    Vetch Piercer

    Wingspan 10-13 mm. The moths fly low over the foodplants in sunshine and have conspicuously white hindwings.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, downland and scrub.

    When to see it

    A springtime species, flying in April and May in the north, whilst in the south a later second generation also occurs.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Bitter Vetch and Bush Vetch, spinning the leaves together or living inside the seed pods.

    UK Status

    It is a reasonably common species over much of the British Isles. 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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