Ptycholoma lecheana

Alternative names
Brindled Twist

Wingspan 16-20 mm. Quite a distinctive species with a dark brownish ground colour, variously suffused with yellowish scales and patches of metallic silver.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and orchards.

When to see it

June to July is the main flight period.

Life History

The larvae feed inside the rolled leaves of a variety of trees and shrubs.

UK Status

It is distributed throughout England and Wales becoming scarcer further north into Scotland. 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)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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