Ypsolopha sylvella

Alternative names
Wood Smudge

Wingspan 18 to 20 mm. It closely resembles the slightly commoner Y. alpella, so care has to be taken with identification.

Identification difficulty

Oak woods and other areas with mature Oaks.

When to see it

The adult moths occur during August and September and can be attracted by light.

Life History

Foodplant is Oak.

UK Status

This species is locally distributed in much of England north to Yorkshire. 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map