Spatalistis bifasciana

Alternative names
Small Purple Button

Wingspan 12 to 14 mm. The adults are quite distinctively marked, dark brown with yellowish in the terminal area and metallic blue-grey streaking.

Identification difficulty

Woodland margins.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

Much of the available literature suggests that the larvae feed internally in the berries or fruits of Buckthorn or Dogwood. However, more recent research suggests that this may not be the case, as larvae have been found amongst dead Oak and Sweet Chestnut leaves.

UK Status

Quite an uncommon species in the British Isles, S. bifasciana occurs locally in parts of southern England and south 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map