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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.

Distribution

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

Lifecycle

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

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

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