Udea olivalis

Alternative names
Olive Pearl

Wingspan 24-28 mm. Mostly greyish-brown on the upperwing with a distinctively-shaped central white spot and one or two other whitish markings - this is a fairly easily recognised species.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, gardens and waste ground.

When to see it

Adult flies in June and July.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.

UK Status

It is fairly common over most of 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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