Morley’s Final Catalogue: Rare, local and confined in Britain to mid-east England. One specimen was taken at Icklingham about 1870 (Revd. A H Wratislaw). Larvae said to feed in elm-bark.
Recent Status: A very rare species in Suffolk and Britain.
Life Style: This is a single brooded species that flies by day but will come to light during May and June. The larvae feed on Populus nigra, Ulmus and Prunus species. They feed among spun leaves before boring into a shoot. They hibernate fully fed in a cocoon under bark in which they pupate.
Identification: A strikingly marked species. The head, thorax and basal third of the wing are bright cream ochre with a dark tuft and top of the thorax. The remainder of the wing is marked in black and metallic blueish grey. There is a further cream costal mark at three quarters with the wing brown between it and the basal third. More Info