Ypsolopha nemorella

Alternative names
Hooked Smudge

Wingspan 21 to 24 mm. One of the larger species of the genus Ypsolopha, a distinct dark spot on the creamy forewing is the most obvious feature.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits mainly woodland habitat.

When to see it

It flies during July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Honeysuckle.

UK Status

Distributed locally across most of Britain, except some parts of Scotland. 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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