Scythris limbella

Alternative names
Goosefoot Owlet

Wingspan c.15 mm.

Identification difficulty

Where the larval foodplants occur.

When to see it

The moths fly between June and September, possibly in two generations.

Life History

In May-June and July-August, the larvae feed amongst the shoots and flowers of Goosefoot (Chenopodium) or Orache (Atriplex), in a slight web.

UK Status

Distributed in south-east and southern-central England, with some records from Yorkshire, this is a relatively uncommon species. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as RDB3.

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

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