Ypsolopha parenthesella

Alternative names
White-shouldered Smudge

Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. This moth exhibits a number of variations in wing pattern and colour.

Identification difficulty

Well wooded areas.

When to see it

Flies from late July to September. A night flying species, it is often attracted to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on a variety of trees, including oak and hazel.

UK Status

It is common throughout mainland Britain and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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

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