Light Brown Apple Moth - Epiphyas postvittana


Wingspan 16-25 mm. A really variable moth, the underlying wing colour being various shades of orangey brown and typically but not always, paler towards the shoulder.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, particularly in built up areas.

When to see it

It flies in two generations between May and October.

Life History

Larva feeds on Evergreen Spindle, fruit trees and deciduous trees and bushes, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas.

UK Status

This originally Australian species was probably accidentally introduced into Cornwall in the 1930's and since then has spread quickly northwards and is now regular in many parts and very common in some areas. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

49.039 BF998

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map