Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
Adult • © Nigel Partridge

49.224 BF1205

Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 12-17 mm.

Although quite variable in the density and colour of the markings, this moth can usually be identified by the darker area towards the head and the small blackish triangular blotch on each forewing, forming a diamond shape when at rest.

It is quite common over much of Britain, especially the south, and flies during July and August.

The larvae feed on a wide range of shrubs and trees, and as the English name suggests, burrow into the buds during the spring, causing them to wither.
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