Hypatima rhomboidella

Alternative names
Square-spot Crest
Description

Wingspan 18 mm. The scientific name of this distinctive moth is derived from the rhomboid-shaped brownish blotch on the forewing. At rest, the wings are closely folded at the tip, giving a tapered appearance.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Well wooded areas containing the larval foodplants.

When to see it

It flies at night between late July and September, and can be attracted by light.

Life History

The larval foodplants are Birch and Hazel.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. 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).

Reference
35.018 BF858

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