Scrobipalpa acuminatella

    Alt Name
    Pointed Groundling

    A variable moth with an overall brown appearance but this colour is flecked with chestnut and darker specks.


    This species occupies rough and open ground where thistles abound.

    When to see it

    Generally there are two generations, with adults on the wing in April to June and again in July to September.

    Life History

    The larvae mine the leaves of various thistles (Carduus and Cirsium), forming a pale, sometimes slightly inflated blotch.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed across much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    35.109 BF822

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map