Luquetia lobella

    Alt Name
    Sloe Flat-body
    Description

    Wingspan 19 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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).

    Reference
    32.003 BF668

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map