Palpita vitrealis

    Alt Name
    Olive-tree Pearl and as Palpita unionalis

    Wingspan 27 to 31 mm. The wings are translucent with a slight sheen and an orange or brown leading edge.

    Identification difficulty

    As an immigrant to Britain it is often found near to the coast.

    When to see it

    Autumn is the most likely period to encounter this species.

    Life History

    Abroad, the species feeds on Jasmine and Olive.

    UK Status

    Although widespread in southern Europe, this is an immigrant to the British Isles, appearing most often in the south and south-west of England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Migrant.

    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).

    63.048 BF1408

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map