Recurvaria leucatella

    Alternative names
    White-barred Groundling

    Wingspan 14 to 15 mm. A distinctive pied species.

    Identification difficulty

    Areas where the larval foodplants are plentiful.

    When to see it

    Flying in June and July, the adults can be attracted to light, and can also be obtained by beating the foodplant in suitable localities.

    Life History

    The larva feeds between two spun leaves of hawthorn or apple.

    UK Status

    Local, but occurs widely throughout England, and also in North Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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