Ypsolopha mucronella

    Alternative names
    Spindle Smudge

    Wingspan 26 to 33 mm. The adult moth has a particularly distinctive attenuated resting posture.

    Identification difficulty

    It is found mainly in woodlands on chalky soils.

    When to see it

    It can be found in flight during August to April.

    Life History

    Adult overwinters in dense cover. The larval foodplant is Spindle.

    UK Status

    This is a local species, with a range from southern England up to the Midlands. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map