Ptycholomoides aeriferana

Alternative names
Larch Twist, Ptycholomoides aeriferanus

Wingspan 17 to 21 mm. This can be quite a beautiful species with rich red-browns and gold.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats especially areas where the larval food plant is present.

When to see it

The moths fly in July and August, and are attracted to light.

Life History

The food plant is European Larch, the larvae spinning the needles together.

UK Status

Since its first discovery in Kent in 1951, it has quickly spread throughout a large part of England and is still expanding its range Northwards.

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

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