Phycita roborella

    Alternative names
    Dotted Oak Knot-horn

    Wingspan 24 to 29 mm. The adults of this quite attractive species have a subtle pattern of red, black and grey on the upper wings.

    Identification difficulty

    Various especially in well wooded areas containing Oak.

    When to see it

    The single generation is on the wing in July and August, when it flies from dusk into the night and is attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Oak, spinning leaves together with silk.

    UK Status

    Most British records come from England especially southern England. It can be reasonably common in suitable habitat. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map