Cydia succedana

Alt Name
Grey Gorse Piercer, Cydia ulicetana

Wingspan 12-16 mm. A small greyish brown moth. The main markings are at the rear of the wing.


Heathland and moorland, usually around Gorse or Broom.

When to see it

The males fly in sunshine, but the females tend to be more crepuscular. The species is on the wing in May, with a second generation in the South from July to September.

Life History

The larvae feed internally in the seedpods of plants such as Gorse and Broom.

UK Status

A fairly common species throughout the British Isles, though not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

49.325 BF1255

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map