Diurnea lipsiella - formerly known as Diurnea phryganella

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

Diurnea lipsiella

This common moth is widespread throughout the UK but localised.

Diurnea lipsiella is an overall buff colour with no particularly distinguishing colours or markings. The wings of the females are smaller and less developed than those of the males.

The wingspan of Diurnea lipsiella is up to 23 mm for the male and 17 mm for the female.

The adult moths are nocturnal and are on the wing during October and November.


Diurnea lipsiella is widespread but localised in the UK and Ireland.


The larval foodplants of this moth are oak trees and Bilberry bushes

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

Studying butterflies and moths...

Dead Drift, the latest novel by Pat O'Reilly

Fascinated by rivers, lakes and wild trout? Then you would really enjoy Pat O'Reilly's latest river-based thriller Dead Drift. All publisher profits and author royalties are being donated to support the Wild Trout Trust, helping communities to restore and protect wild trout populations and their habitats. Order your copy here...

Other nature books from First Nature...

© 1995 - 2021 First Nature: a not-for-profit volunteer-run resource

Please help to keep this free resource online...

Terms of use - Privacy policy - Disable cookies - Links policy