Parachronistis albiceps

Alternative names
Wood Groundling

Wingspan 10 mm. Although this small moth is marked only in black and white it is quite a distinctive species.

Identification difficulty

Where the larval foodplant Hazel is present.

When to see it

The adult moths fly in June and July, and are sometimes attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae have not been well described, but are known to feed inside the buds of the foodplant, Hazel in late spring.

UK Status

The species is locally distributed in the southern half of mainland Britain, reaching northwards to Yorkshire. 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).

35.161 BF756

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map