Pancalia leuwenhoekella

    Alt Name
    Violet Cosmet
    Description

    Wingspan 10 to 12mm. This moth is very difficult to differentiate from its close relative Pancalia schwarzella, with forewing differences relating to the angulation of the lines and antennae colour and size. In leuwenhoekella, the antennae in both sexes have a broad subapical white section. In schwarzella, the male antenna is brown; the female antenna has a thickened area in the middle before the white section.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Chalk and limestone areas.

    When to see it

    Adults fly in sunshine from April to June.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Hairy Violet or Dog-violet.

    UK Status

    The moth is locally frequent in southern England, and sparsely distributed throughout the rest of the UK. 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).

    Reference
    34.001 BF899

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map