Syncopacma cinctella

Alternative names
White-streak Sober

Wingspan about13 mm. Very similar to S. larseniella, from which it can only be reliably distinguished by dissection of the genitalia.

Identification difficulty

Areas that are rich in Birds'-foot-trefoil.

When to see it

Flying in late June and July, the adult moths can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on Birds'-foot-trefoil (Lotus spp.) and maybe also Greenweed (Genista).

UK Status

Reliable records have shown that it occurs locally throughout much of England and Ireland, but is probably scarcer than larseniella. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce A.

VC55 Status

Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Whetstone record of June 2015 was the first for VC55. 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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