Gypsonoma dealbana

Alternative names
Common Cloaked Shoot

Wingspan 11-14 mm. This species can be distinguished from other Gypsonoma species by the creamy-white patch on the front of the head, which is pure white in G. sociana and darker on others.

Identification difficulty

Well wooded areas

When to see it

The normal flight period is July and August when the moths fly from dusk onwards.

Life History

The larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, windowing leaves in autumn and eating the buds, catkins, young shoots and then spun leaves in the spring.

UK Status

It is widely distributed over England, Wales and Ireland, though commoner in the south. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon with few records from Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

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

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