Helcystogramma rufescens

    Alt Name
    Orange Crest

    Wingspan 14-18 mm. This reddish-brown species inhabits a range of habitats.


    Rough pastures, unimproved grassland, downland and woodland rides.

    When to see it

    The nocturnal adults fly between June and August.

    Life History

    The larvae overwinter on a number of grasses, especially Wood Small-reed and False-brome.

    UK Status

    Occurs fairly frequently in England, Wales and southern Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

    35.031 BF868

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map