Stathmopoda pedella

    Alt Name
    Alder Signal

    Wingspan 10 to 14 mm. This small but distinctive moth has a very characteristic resting position. It rests with its enlarged tufted banded hind legs with long spurs almost at right angles to the body and angled slightly upwards.

    Identification difficulty

    Often around Alder, the larval food plant.

    When to see it

    Adults fly in June and July.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on the seeds of ripening fruits of Alder but show little sign of their presence.

    UK Status

    It is widespread but extremely local in southern and south-eastern England. A few scattered populations occur further north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The specimen from Wirlybones Wood at Ratby on 10th June 2011 is only the 4th VC55 record and the first for 5 years. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    42.002 BF877

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map