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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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