Parsnip Moth - Depressaria radiella
Wingspan 23-28 mm. Quite a plain moth with a streaky buff brown appearance.
Generally found occupying waste ground and dry pastures.
September to May - The adults begin to hatch in September, and overwinter, appearing until the following May.
As the English and scientific names suggest, the larvae feed on Wild Parsnip but also on Hogweed. At first the flowers and seeds are consumed, and later the larva enters the stem where it pupates.
Although described on UK Moths website as fairly common the records across Britain seem fairly scattered.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)
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