Ypsolopha vittella

Alternative names
Elm Smudge

Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. The appearance of the adult can vary, with some showing rather more blackish suffusion on the dorsal region.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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This species inhabits woodland and copses.

When to see it

It flies in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on the leaves and flowers of Elm or Beech, living in a slight silken web.

UK Status

Widespread but local in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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