Grey Tortrix - Cnephasia stephensiana


    Wingspan 18 to 22 mm. As its English name suggests, this is quite a greyish-brown moth. Specimens from the southern part of the British Isles are often darker than those from further north and Scotland, some of which have an almost whitish ground colour.

    Identification difficulty

    It can be found in a variety of habitats.

    When to see it

    Flying during July and August from dusk onwards.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a range of herbaceous plants.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map