Timothy Tortrix - Aphelia paleana


Wingspan 18-22 mm. A very plain looking moth, usually with a distinct yellowish suffusion around the head and the base of the forewings.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits waste ground and dampish areas.

When to see it

The adults, which are on the wing from June to August, can be flushed from low vegetation during the day but are more active at night.

Life History

Larva feeds on various grasses and herbaceous plants, living within a spun or rolled leaf.

UK Status

It is generally distributed throughout Britain but scarcer in Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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