Scrobipalpa costella

    Alternative names
    Winter Groundling

    The colouration of this species varies a great deal but there is often a darker (sometimes triangular) mark midway along each wing.

    Identification difficulty

    Occurs in woodland, well wooded and damp areas where the larval foodplant Bittersweet is found.

    When to see it

    Emerges late in the season, from September onwards, and spends the winter as an adult. The adult flies at night and is attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larval foodplant is Bittersweet

    UK Status

    A fairly common species throughout much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map