Acompsia cinerella

Alternative names
Ash-coloured Sober

Wingspan 16 to19 mm. An unmarked brownish moth with long upwardly-curved labial palps.

Identification difficulty

A variety of habitats, usually areas with rich vegetation or plenty of trees and bushes.

When to see it

Flying in June and July, it can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larva is unknown, but is believed to feed on moss, often at the base of a tree.

UK Status

The species is widely, but thinly distributed over all of the British Isles except some of the outlying Scottish islands. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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