Scrobipalpa acuminatella

Alternative names
Pointed Groundling

A variable moth with an overall brown appearance but this colour is flecked with chestnut and darker specks.

Identification difficulty

This species occupies rough and open ground where thistles abound.

When to see it

Generally there are two generations, with adults on the wing in April to June and again in July to September.

Life History

The larvae mine the leaves of various thistles (Carduus and Cirsium), forming a pale, sometimes slightly inflated blotch.

UK Status

Widely distributed across much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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).

35.109 BF822

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map