Neosphaleroptera nubilana

Alternative names
Deep Brown Shade

Wingspan about 14 mm. A rather nondescript-looking species.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Determination by gen det may be needed for this species.


It inhabits gardens and hedgerows, where the foodplants Hawthorn and Cherry occur. It also sometimes feeds on Apple.

When to see it

The adult moths fly in late June and July, during the day if it is sunny, and later towards dusk.

Life History

The larva spins leaves together, feeding within.

UK Status

Local in distribution it is found throughout southern England, ranging northwards to Yorkshire. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

49.042 BF1027

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map