Phtheochroa inopiana

    Alternative names
    Plain Conch

    Wingspan 17 to 22 mm. A sexually dimorphic species, the females being generally plainer than the males.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, photographs are required and it is advisable to retain the specimen until the County Recorder has accepted the identification.


    Occupying damp places and woodland edges.

    When to see it

    The moth is on the wing from June to August.

    Life History

    The overwintering larvae feed inside the roots of Common Fleabane.

    UK Status

    A fairly local species in England and Wales, scarcer in Scotland and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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