Luquetia lobella

Alternative names
Sloe Flat-body

Wingspan 19 mm.

Identification difficulty

This species occupies a range of woodland and scrubland habitats.

When to see it

The nocturnal adults are on the wing during June.

Life History

The larvae feed on Blackthorn during autumn and pupate in a silken cocoon amongst leaf-litter. The winter is spent as a pupa.

UK Status

Distributed in the southern part of England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland; we believe the Harby specimen of 2th June 2015 was only the third record of this species in VC55. 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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