Rhodophaea formosa

    Alt Name
    Beautiful Knot-horn, Pempelia formosa

    Wingspan 20 to 23mm. An attractive red, grey and black species.

    Identification difficulty

    Rather secretive in habits. It is not often encountered by day but can be attracted to light at night.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing from June until August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in a slight web on the leaves of Elm especially those in hedgerows.

    UK Status

    The species is locally distributed in the southernmost counties of England.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    62.024 BF1445

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map