Ypsolopha scabrella

Alternative names
Wainscot Smudge

Wingspan 20-22 mm. Three raised tufts of scales are visible when the moth is at rest.

Identification difficulty

Frequenting gardens and woodlands.

When to see it

Nocturnal, it flies in July and August and is attracted by light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Apple or Hawthorn.

UK Status

This species is sporadically common over much of England and parts of Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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