Pancalia leuwenhoekella

Alternative names
Violet Cosmet

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

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).

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

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