Ypsolopha mucronella - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, September, 2006
Ypsolopha mucronella Adult


© Robin Howard

Ypsolopha mucronella (Scopoli, 1763)

Wingspan: 26-33mm

A univoltine species on the wing throughout the late summer, winter and spring from August to April. The species is attracted to light and seeks shelter over the coldest periods in straw bales and haystacks. It has been recorded at all sites but is most commonly taken in or near woodlands particularly those on calcareous soils.

Eggs are laid on Euonymus europaeus the spindle tree and larvae feed there too. Pupation takes place in a cocoon in leaf litter beneath the foodplant.