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

49.21 BF1125

Ancylis unculana

(Haworth, 1811)

Wingspan 12-16 mm.

Superficially similar to A. badiana, this species has however a much more chestnut coloration to the forewing, especially on the fascia extending from the costa.

It is distributed mainly in the southern counties of England, with a few records further north.

A single generation flies in June and July, and the species inhabits woodland, downland and scrubland where the foodplants, buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus) grow. The larva spins a folded leaf together at the edges and feeds within.
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