Incurvaria oehlmanniella

Alternative names
Common Bright

Wingspan about 14 mm. This species can be confused with I. masculella, but the yellowish marking on the costa, if present on masculella is closer to the head than the opposing tornal spot. In oehlmanniella, it is closer to the wingtip. In addition, the males of oehlmanniella have simple antennae.

Identification difficulty

Around the larval foodplants.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on Bilberry and Cloudberry at first mining the leaves, then cutting out a portable case and dropping to the ground, where they feed on dead leaves.

UK Status

The distribution covers much of the British Isles, where in the north it can be found at high altitudes. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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