35.022 Dichomeris marginella (Fabricius, 1781)

Status and Distribution

Local, occasionally locally common in central, eastern and southern England; very local in Wales, a few parts of northern England and the Channel Islands. In Ireland, only recorded once from The Burren in western Ireland and apparently absent from Scotland and much of south west England.

National Status: 


Bradley & Fletcher no: 

Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Ian Kimber
Location: Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.


    Dichomeris marginella (Photo: O Wadsworth) Dichomeris marginella, Hayes, Kent 2013 (Photo: B Welch)  Dichomeris marginella Surrey 2016 (Photo: V Proklov)

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Juniperus communis (common juniper), see plant distribution, and garden species and cultivars, including Juniperus squamata 'blue carpet'.

    Mines a needle in the autumn, overwintering in the mine. In the spring spins a dense silk web amongst the needles.

    Foodplant Map


    Dichomeris marginella habitat (Photo: S M Palmer)

    Chalk and limestone areas where Juniper occurs, and occasionally in gardens where suitable cultivars occur.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: best found by looking for the distinctive dense silk webs in the spring.

    Adult: can be beaten from the foodplant and comes readily to light

    Similar Species

    A distinctive species with the white costal and tornal stripes.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single brooded from early June to late August.

    Earliest: 29th May 2008 (VC60) and also an exceptionally early record, to light, on 24th April 1993 (VC24).

    Latest: 30th September 1998 (VC19) but records beyond the end of August are very rare.