35.018 Hypatima rhomboidella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status and Distribution

Common and widespread across the British Isles and Channel Islands. Apparently absent from Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

National Status: 

Common

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

858
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Ben Smart
Location: bred ex. larva, Chorlton, Manchester

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.

    Imago

    Larva

    Hypatima rhomboidella larva (Photo: B Smart)  Hypatima rhomboidella larva (Photo: B Smart)  Hypatima rhomboidella larva (Photo: B Smart)  Hypatima rhomboidella larva (Photo: B Smart)  Hypatima rhomboidella pre-pupa (Photo: B Smart)  Hypatima rhomboidella pre-pupa (Photo: B Smart)  Hypatima rhomboidella pre-pupa (Photo: B Smart)

    The last three photographs show the larva immediately prior to pupation when it develops this pinkish hue.

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Betula spp. including B. pendula (silver birch) and Corylus avellana (hazel) - see plant distribution map for hazel. In Europe also recorded on Alnus glutinosa (alder), Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) and Populus tremula (aspen).

    The larva spins a shoot or rolls a leaf.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    In woodland, hedgerows, scrub and heathland.

    Hypatima rhomboidella habitat, Leighton Moss 2013 (Photo: S M Palmer)  Hypatima rhomboidella habitat Lancs 2017 (Photo: J Patton)

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: the spun shoots and rolled leaves can be found from late April to early July.

    Adult: can be disturbed from trees during the day, flies at night and comes readily to light.

    Similar Species

    The long thin shape of the moth and the distinctive dark costal triangle on a pale background make this a distinctive species.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    From mid-July to early October.

    Earliest: 30th April 2005 (VC31), one of several exceptionally early records

    Latest: 19th November 1997 (VC58)