Honeysuckle Moth - Ypsolopha dentella

Description

Wingspan 18 to 23 mm. The upturned wingtips are typical of several other moths in this genus, but are more marked in this species.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Around Honeysuckle, the larval foodplant.

When to see it

This small but distinctive moth flies in July and August and is attracted to light.

Life History

As the English name suggests, the larval foodplant is honeysuckle (Lonicera). The young caterpillars are inconspicuous, and as they grow, they change to an attractive purple and green colour which affords surprisingly good camouflage amongst honeysuckle leaves. The pupa is inside a long, spindle-shaped cocoon typical of the genus.

UK Status

A fairly common species throughout 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).

Reference
17.003 BF453

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