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49.255 ~ 1138 ~ Epinotia nisella ~ Grey Poplar Bell
UK Status

Resident. Widely distributed and generally common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded across the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 12-17mm.

Confusion species

Care should be taken, this species is very variable and can resemble other species of Epinotia.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Woodland, gardens and wet places.


Willow and poplar spp.

Lifestage data

Catkin feeder/spinning. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva feeds either inside a catkin or between two flatly spun leaves. Pupates spun up in larval habitation or in a silken cocoon amongst leaf litter.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 19th Aug 2006, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 10th Oct 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 16th July 2011, Cors Dyfi

Photo by PRW, 14th Aug 2013, Commins Coch