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63.095 ~ 1309 ~ Agriphila geniculea
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and locally abundant throughout Britain as far north as Perthshire.

Montgomeryshire Status

A handful of records, mainly on the eastern side of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 20-26mm.

Confusion species

A. inquinatella, Pediasia contaminella and P. aridella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Dry pastures and coastal sandhills.


Various grasses.

Lifestage data

Grass moth. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives and feeds in a tubular silken gallery. Pupal site undocumented.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 17th Sept 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by PB, 20th Aug 2012, Morben ISAF