Ypsolopha horridella

Alternative names
Dark Smudge

Wingspan 16 to 21 mm. Although this is perhaps the least attractive of the Ypsolopha species, the Latin horridella is actually derived from horridus, meaning shaggy and referring to the raised scale-tufts or crests on the dorsal part of the wings.

Identification difficulty

Around the larval foodplants.

When to see it

The adults fly in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on the leaves of Apple or Blackthorn in a slight web.

UK Status

It is distributed locally in south and south-east England as well as north Wales and north-west England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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