Prays fraxinella - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, July, 2007
Prays fraxinella Adult


© Robin Howard

Prays fraxinella (Bjerkander, 1784)

Ash Bud Moth

Wingspan: 14-18mm

Imago: Bivoltine, flying from late May to mid-September, it visits light and has been recorded from Las Descargues particularly from the trap beneath our large ash Fraxinus excelsior where it can be very common. Elsewhere it is encountered wherever the foodplant grows.

Larva: Feeds on Fraxinus excelsior initially from a mine in the leaf then in autumn it transfers its attention to a twig where it mines the bark. Pupation takes place in a sheltered part of the foodplant.