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

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