Spuleria flavicaput

Alternative names
Yellow-headed Cosmet

Wingspan around 13 mm. This charcoal-grey species has a distinct yellow head, giving rise to its scientific name flavicaput. There are two sets of raised scale-tufts on the forewings, which can sometimes be hard to see.

Identification difficulty

Around hedges containing the larval foodplant, Hawthorn.

When to see it

The moths are diurnal and fly during the mornings in May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed from about August to October by mining into the twigs of the larval foodplant, Hawthorn but are difficult to detect except for the existence of an exit hole close to a fork.

UK Status

Locally distributed over much of England and Wales, into southern Scotland and parts of Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It is an uncommon species in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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