Scythris picaepennis
Scythris picaepennis
Adult • Nelson's Quarry, Warwickshire • © Martin Kennard

43.004 BF915

Scythris picaepennis

(Haworth, 1828)

Wingspan c.10mm.

This species has a scattered distribution across much of the British Isles, occurring in dry sandy or chalky grassland.

Adult moths have a purplish sheen to the forewings, often, though not always, with scattered buff scales. They fly in July.

The larvae feed in a web on common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus).
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