Ypsolopha sequella

Alternative names
Pied Smudge

Wingspan 18-20 mm. This is a highly distinctive species with its pied appearance. The dark patterning on the moth's shoulder is said to resemble the head of a Rabbit.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and urban areas, especially where Field Maple is planted.

When to see it

It flies at night in July and September and comes to light.

Life History

The larvae feed mostly on species of Acer, particularly Field Maple (Acer campestre).

UK Status

This moth is lwidespread in wooded areas over England and Wales. 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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