Monochroa cytisella

Alternative names
Bracken Neb

Wingspan 10 to 12 mm.

Identification difficulty

Where bracken is present and perhaps preferring sheltered sunny sites.

When to see it

A single-brooded species, flying in July, and sometimes coming to light.

Life History

The colourful larva feeds May - June in a slight gall in the main stem of bracken, often withering an adjacent side stem.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales in areas where its foodplant, bracken occurs. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Pickworth Great Wood specimen of 20 July 2013 was the first record for 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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