Recent Status: Rare species in Suffolk. The species is expanding its range and abundance in the UK.
Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found from April to September. It comes to light. The larvae feed on the moss Syntrichia ruralis on rooves from a silken tube beneath the moss. Hibernation does not occur. Pupation occurs in the larval habitation.
Identification: This species has a mix of brown, cream and black scales. These coalesce to patches of black alternating cream from the base centrally to the double opposing cream spots at three quarters mostly black beyond. Mainly black or specimens with cream being dominant can occur. Dissection can confirm identification. More Info
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2015. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats