Gelechia nigra

    Alt Name
    Black Groundling

    Wingspan 13 to 18 mm. A blackish moth with a rather ‘scratchy’ appearance.

    Photo ID?

    Most likely to be encountered where the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    Adult moths fly in June and July and can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in May and June between two spun leaves of Aspen, White Poplar or Grey Poplar.

    UK Status

    A rather scarce and local species, with a distribution mainly in the south-eastern half of England, ranging northwards to Yorkshire. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce A.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Sapcote record of 3rd July 2017 is the first record of this species in VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map