Gypsonoma sociana

Alternative names
White Cloaked Shoot

Wingspan 12-15 mm. This species has a distinctive blackish triangle on the lower edge of each forewing which join together to form a diamond shape when the moth is at rest.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, gardens, orchards, parks, river-banks and ditches.

When to see it

The moth flies from late evening during July and August.

Life History

Larva feeds within catkins of Black Poplar, Aspen and Willow; it subsequently burrows into a twig of Poplar or Willow and later occupies a leaf bud.

UK Status

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

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