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

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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