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Athrips mouffetella

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Lepidoptera - Family: Gelechiidae

Athrips moufetella

This common moth is widespread but more frequent in the southern part of the UK.

Athrips mouffetella though small has a distinctive appearance with silvery-white wings and black dots and markings throughout.

The wingspan of Athrips mouffetella is around 15 mm.

The adult moths are nocturnal and on the wing between July and September.

Distribution

Found throughout the southern half of the UK and Ireland

Lifecycle

The larvae feed on Honeysuckle and distinguish themselves by binding together the end of the Honeysuckle shoots.

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

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