Tree-lichen Beauty - Cryphia algae


    Wingspan 24 to 30 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Although distinctive in appearance, photographic evidence is requested to support records for this species due to its rarity in Britain at present.


    A migrant that is most likely to be recorded at light.

    When to see it

    Most British records are during July and August.

    Life History

    In southern Europe larvae feed on lichens growing on trees.

    UK Status

    A mostly migrant species with only a handful of records prior to 1991, since when it has become quite frequent in the southern and south-eastern counties. More recently it has arrived in sufficient numbers to breed and possibly establish small resident populations in certain localities.

    VC55 Status

    Rare migrant in Leicestershire and Rutland where it was first recorded in 2018, but it may be increasing in our area.

    73.082 BF2292

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map