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28.019 ~ 0649 ~ Esperia sulphurella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout the British Isles except northern Scotland where it is absent.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few scattered sites in the northern half of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 12-15mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Woodland, hedgerows and gardens.


Dead bark.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid on food source. Larva move around in silken tubes feeding as they do so. Pupates in a firm silken cocoon in its feeding place.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 22nd Apr 2007, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 16th Jan 2013, Llanfyllin
Moth emerged indoors from fireside wood pile

Photo by MDH, 16th Jan 2013, Llanfyllin
Forewing detail of moth pictured left.