Helcystogramma rufescens

Alternative names
Orange Crest

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

Identification difficulty

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)

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

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