Udea alpinalis
Udea alpinalis
Adult • Varzo, Italy • © Martin Bishop

(B52) BF1394

Udea alpinalis

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan c. 25mm.

The status of this species in Britain is uncertain. There is a single record from Cumbria in the late 19th century, backed up by a museum specimen, and being an alpine species in Europe, may remain undiscovered elsewhere in Britain.

It resembles U. uligonosalis, but has a much more distinct white reniform stigma on the forewing and noticeably paler hindwings with a dark border.

Abroad, the larva feeds on ragwort (Senecio).

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