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17.009 ~ 0459 ~ Ypsolopha sylvella ~ Wood Smudge
UK Status

Resident. A local species found in the southern half of Britain.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2013 at Middletown in the east of the county. An uncommon species.

Wingspan :   M & F 17-19mm.

Confusion species

Y. aplella, Y. lucella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Mainly oak woodland.



Lifestage data

Spinning. Eggs laid on a twig. Larva feeds between spun leaves. Pupates in a boat shaped cocoon in the detritus on the ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 7th Oct 2013, Middletown