Hysterophora maculosana

    Description

    Wingspan 10 to 14 mm. Although the sexes are superficially similar, the hindwings of the males are whitish, whereas those of the female are dark.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Occupying woodland habitat especially bluebell woods.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History

    The adults fly in May and June, the larvae subsequently feeding inside the seed capsules of bluebell.

    UK Status

    In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in our area.  The Charnwood record of May 2017 is only the second VC55 record.

    Reference
    49.096 BF924

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