Nephopterix angustella

    Alt Name
    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map