Incurvaria masculella

Alternative names
Feathered Bright

Wingspan 12-16 mm. The males of this moth have comb-like antennae, a feature unusual amongst the 'micros'. When viewed from certain angles, they also show a purplish metallic sheen.

Identification difficulty

In areas with plenty of bushes and trees.

When to see it

Flies during May and early June.

Life History

The larvae mine leaves at first, later descending to the ground in a portable case and feeding on dead leaves. A number of deciduous trees and bushes can be used, but especially Hawthorn.

UK Status

It is a fairly frequent moth over most of Britain, with most records coming from southern England and from Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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

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