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Scoparia pyralella

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1333 / 63.066

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Abundant on tree-trunks, &c, throughout the County; Monks Soham light. The Var. ingralella, Kngs., occurs very rarely at Brandon (Barrett).

Recent Status: Recorded across the county but more frequent in light land or heathland areas.

Life Style: A single brooded species with a similar flight period to S. ambigualis showing a peak in late June. It is an active species easily disturbed by day. The larvae feed from a silken tube on plant detritus. Larvae pass the winter and pupate during spring.

Identification: The Scopariinae (Scoparia and Eudonia) can be difficult to identify. Some species are easier than others. Before considering wing markings it is important to note the size, the shape when at rest and the forewing shape. All forewing markings can be important but of particular importance are the white sub-terminal markings, the post median line and the stigmata. They possess orbicular, claviform and reniform stigmata. Worn individuals might not be identified except by genitalia dissection.
Scoparia pyralella is the smallest of the scopariids and one of the more easily identified. It has a more triangular shape at rest than S. ambigualis. It has prominent large light brown and grey/black edged stigmata with the reniform touching or almost touching the post median line. The lines are broad and white.

Recorded in 45 (78%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1965.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
04/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
03/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
01/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
31/07/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
27/07/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Wingspan: 17-20 mm.
Flight: May to August
Foodplant:   Various decaying plant matter.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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