Gracilia minuta

Range & Status

Formerly very widespread throughout England, but has become increasingly very scarce.

Regional Distribution

Recorded from St. Merryn in 1925 (Blair, 1931) and Penzance in 1932 by R.T. Bannister.

Habitat & Ecology

Larvae develop in twigs and smaller branches of a variety of broadleaved trees and shrubs, including Dog Rose Rosa canina agg. and Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg. Formerly a pest of wickerwork. Reported in woodland and scrub.


Changing woodland structure, through plantation forestry and abandonment of old coppices.


Maintenance of open sunny areas within and around woodlands where a variety of native trees and shrubs may develop.