Ancylis apicella
Ancylis apicella
Adult • Brecht, Antwerpen, Belgium • © Chris Steeman

49.212 BF1129

Ancylis apicella

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 12-17 mm.

The scientific name of this species derives from the hooked apex of the forewing, although several other species in the genus exhibit similar characters. A more useful identification pointer is the acute angle of the median fascia.

Frequenting woodland, fens and marshy areas, it is a relatively scarce moth, distributed locally in the south and south-west of England and Wales, extending sparsely northwards to northern England.

The larva feeds on buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus) and alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus), folding and spinning leaves together.
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