Strophedra weirana

Alternative names
Little Beech Piercer
Description

Wingspan about 11 mm. This rather obscurely-marked species is similar to S. nitidana but is less distinctively marked than that species.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Beech woods and areas where Beech is present.

When to see it

Adults are on the wing during June, and fly in afternoon sunshine, as well as at sunrise.

Life History

The larva feeds on Beech, attaching two leaves together with silk and feeding within, causing a noticeable blotch on the leaf surfaces.

UK Status

This species occurs sparsely in suitable habitat in the southern half of England and parts of Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. This is only the second record for VC55.

Reference
49.381 BF1221

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

UK Map