Wood-sage Plume - Capperia britanniodactylus

Alternative names
Capperia britanniodactyla

Wingspan 18 to 21 mm.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good close-up photograph required.


It likes dry, south-facing and sloping stony habitats, where Wood Sage is present.

When to see it

The moths fly in June and July, and are only generally seen from dusk onwards, hiding by day amongst the foodplants.

Life History

The larvae feed on Wood Sage. In spring, it bites through a stem of the foodplant, causing it to wilt. These wilted stems can be quite obvious and are a good indicator to find the larva, which feeds amongst the drooping leaves.

UK Status

This species is distributed widely in mainland Britain, but can be very local. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

45.028 BF1494

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map