Udea lutealis

Alternative names
Pale Straw Pearl

Wingspan 23-26 mm. This is fairly easily recognised by the pale creamy forewings and darker cross-lines and outlined shapes.

Identification difficulty

Waste ground, gardens and woodland edges.

When to see it

Flying at night between July and August.

Life History

The caterpillars live in the spring on a wide variety of herbaceous plants, including Bramble.

UK Status

Very common species throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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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