Bittersweet Fanner

Acrolepia autumnitella


Wingspan - 11 to 13mm. A grey or reddish moth spangled with pale, whitish patches and some darker patches.


Woodland edge, hedgerows and waste ground where its food plants, Bittersweet and Deadly Nightshade, can be found. The larva is a leaf miner, forming large pale blotches where it consumes the inner layer of the leaf.

Status and distribution

Mainly confined to the southern half of Britain. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July, October to April.