Parsnip Moth - Depressaria radiella

Alternative names
Parsnip Webworm, Depressaria heraclei and Depressaria pastinacella

Wingspan 23-28 mm. Quite a plain moth with a streaky buff brown appearance.

Identification difficulty

Generally found occupying waste ground and dry pastures.

When to see it

September to May - The adults begin to hatch in September, and overwinter, appearing until the following May.

Life History

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.

UK Status

Although described on UK Moths website as fairly common the records across Britain seem fairly scattered.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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