35.020 Anarsia spartiella (Schrank, 1802)

Status and Distribution

Local to locally common throughout much of the southern half of England, Wales and the Channel Islands. More local in Ireland and Northern Ireland, very local in northern England, Isle of Man and Scotland as far north as Inverness. Apparently absent from the far north of Scotland and the Western and Northern Isles.

National Status: 

Local

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

856
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Andy Mackay
Location: Luffenham Heath Golf Course, Rutland

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.

    Imago

    Larva

    Set Specimens

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Ulex europaeus (gorse), see plant distribution map, Cytisus scoparius (broom) and Genista tinctoria (dyer's greenweed). In Europe also found on Lembotropis nigricans and Cytisus triflorus.

    Feeds in spun shoots and, on gorse, has been found feeding within withered gorse flowers.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Heathland, downland, waste ground, open woodland, railway banks, golf courses, old meadows and coastal cliffs.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: spins shoots in gorse, broom and dyer's greenweed, spinning the leaves together towards the stem. Has been found feeding within withered gorse flowers where the larva could be confused with those of Agonopterix nervosa, Brachmia blandella and Blastobasis adustella.

    Adult: can be disturbed from the foodplants during the day and comes readily to light.

    Similar Species

    A variable species where the plain form is readily identified.  When more strongly marked specimens are encountered, such as those with a costal blotch and some light streaking, non-bred specimens may require dissection to separate them from the other Anarsia species.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single brooded from mid-June to mid-August.