35.023 Dichomeris ustalella (Fabricius, 1794)

Status and Distribution

Scarce, found very locally only in Monmouthshire, West Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

National Status: 

pRDB 1

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Graham Finch
Location: Worcestershire

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.


    Dichomeris ustalella (Photo: O Wadsworth)  Dichomeris ustalella (Photo: O Wadsworth)  Dichomeris ustalella (Photo: P Clement)


    Dichomeris ustalella larva (Photo: O Wadsworth)   Dichomeris ustalella larva © G Meredith 

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Dichomeris ustalella spinning © G Meredith  Dichomeris ustalella spinning © G Meredith

    Tilia cordata (small-leaved lime), see plant distribution map.  In Europe, also reported to use Betula pendula (silver birch), Carpinus betulus (hornbeam), Corylus avellana (hazel), Fagus sylvatica (beech), Salix sp. (willows), Prunus sp. and Acer campestre (field maple).


    Foodplant Map


    Deciduous woodland containing small-leaved lime.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: feeds between flatly spun leaves.

    Adult: has been known to rest on the foodplant leaves during the day and comes to light.

    Similar Species

    Distinctive palps and the dark, rich reddish-brown with the central golden-ochreous suffusion rule out any other species.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single-brooded, flying during June.

    Earliest: 22nd May 2010 (VC37)

    Latest: 4th July 2010 (VC37)