Nephopterix angustella

Alternative names
Spindle Knot-horn
Description

Wingspan 20-25 mm. A distinctive species which has a noticeable blackish patch of raised scale-tufts at about one-third distance from the head.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Hedgerows and scrubby areas.

When to see it

It and has two generations, flying in June and July and again in September and October.

Life History

The larvae feed internally in the berries of Spindle.

UK Status

It is distributed mainly in southern England but not common. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Uncommon with few records from Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

Reference
62.032 BF1465

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

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