Juniper Webber - Dichomeris marginella

    Description

    Wingspan 13-17 mm. Superficially like one of the Crambinae or grass moths, this species is rather neater and more compact.

    Habitat

    Occurs in chalk and limestone districts, as well as in gardens and parks.

    When to see it

    July and August, coming to light.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on both wild and cultivated Juniper forming silken webs between the needles. Adult flies at night.

    UK Status

    It occurs in suitable habitat in much of England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    Reference
    35.022 BF862

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map