Juniper Webber - Dichomeris marginella

Description

Wingspan 13-17 mm. Superficially like one of the Crambinae or grass moths, this species is rather neater and more compact.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Occurs in chalk and limestone districts, as well as in gardens and parks.

When to see it

July and August, coming to light.

Life History

Larvae feed on both wild and cultivated Juniper forming silken webs between the needles. Adult flies at night.

UK Status

It occurs in suitable habitat in much of England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

Reference
35.022 BF862

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