Phycitodes binaevella

    Alt Name
    Ermine Knot-horn
    Description

    Wingspan 22-27 mm. The easiest of the three British species of Phycitodes to identify; it is the largest and has large blackish dots on a paler ground colour. The resting posture where the wings are rolled tightly around the body is common to the group.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Favouring areas where the larval food plant is present.

    When to see it

    The single generation flies in July and August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed inside the flower heads of Spear Thistle

    UK Status

    It occurs fairly frequently throughout England and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    Reference
    62.058 BF1483

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map