This distinctive micro-moth lives in oak trees and is regularly seen in gardens as well as in woodland.

Typically a lovely blue-green colour, the detail of the moth’s appearance is very variable – some individuals have strongly defined black markings on the wings while others are almost plain, and the wings sometimes have a rough texture caused by tiny tufts of scales.

Despite its diminutive size, this moth hibernates as an adult and emerges from late winter onwards, when it can be attracted to moth-traps and outside lights.

Flight Season

There is one generation that flies in August and September and again in March to May.

Size and Family

  • Family – Tortricidae
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 18-22mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local Resident

Caterpillar Food Plants

The caterpillars feed on Oaks (Quercus)

Habitat

Can be found regularly in gardens as well as in woodland where Oak grows.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland
  • Locally distributed throughout England and Wales but scarcer further north
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