Blastobasis adustella

Alternative names
Furness Dowd

Variable species with some very dark specimens.

Identification difficulty

Variety of habitats including woodland, heath and gardens, predominantly in coastal areas.

When to see it

A nocturnal species, occurring mainly in August and into September.

Life History

The larvae feed on a variety of foodstuffs, including decaying vegetable matter.

UK Status

An adventitious species, this moth was introduced into Britain and is now well established throughout. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional but probably increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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