Ypsolopha sequella

    Alt Name
    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)

    17.012 BF462

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map