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49.155 ~ 1086 ~ Hedya salicella
UK Status

Resident. Found throughout England and Wales, but local in some areas..

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in Middletown in the east of the county in 2011 and small numbers there, ever since. It has now also been found in a few other scattered sites throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 19-24mm.

Confusion species

A fairly distinctive species.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Marshy places, open woodland.


Many willow species, poplar.

Lifestage data

Spinning. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives and feeds within spun leaves or shoots. Pupa dark brown to black, spun up in larval habitation.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 12th July 2011, Middletown

Photo by PRW, 18th July 2013, Commins Coch