Wainscot Smudge

Ypsolopha scabrella


Over all length 9mm. A pale, grey-brown moth with three pairs of black tufts along its wings, best visible when at rest. The tip of the wing has a gingery tuft.


Hedgerows and woodland edge, gardens. The food plants are apple and hawthorn.

Status and distribution

Fairly common but local in England and Wales. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July and August.