Anacampsis populella

    Alt Name
    Poplar Sober
    Description

    A very plain grey species. It is difficult to tell from A. blattariella  but that has a different foodplant.

    Habitat

    Areas containing Willows, Poplars, Aspen etc.

    When to see it

    It flies in July and August and can sometimes be found at rest on leaves and trunks of the foodplants as was the case with the individual in the photograph.

    Life History

    The larva feeds on Willow (Salix) and Poplar (Populus), in a leaf rolled in the manner of a Tortrix.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England but less so in Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be quite an uncommon species in Leicestershire and Rutland where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

    Reference
    35.011 BF853

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map