Helcystogramma rufescens

    Alt Name
    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)

    35.031 BF868

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map