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0868 ~ Helcystogramma rufescens
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout England and Wales and south-west Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

Rarely recorded.

Wingspan :   M & F, 14-18mm.

Confusion species

H. lutatella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Ungrazed grassland, woodland rides and coastal areas.



Lifestage data

Spinning. Eggs laid on the leaf. Larva spins a grass blade into a roll to form a spiral and feeds within, it repeats this process several times. Pupates inside a leaf roll not used for feeding.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 18th July 2013, Middletown

Photo by PRW, 2nd Aug 2014, Cors Dyfi