Opostega salaciella

Alternative names
Sorrel Bent-wing

Wingspan about 10 mm. The only all-white member of the Opostegidae in Britain, it is fairly easy to identify due to its very large eye caps.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits open areas where the suspected foodplant, Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) occurs, although the early stages have yet to be found in Britain.

When to see it

Can be attracted to light during its flight period from June to early August.

UK Status

Distributed widely but locally throughout much of Britain. 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, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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