Blastobasis lacticolella

    Alt Name
    Wakely's Dowd

    Wingspan 18-21 mm. Light buff with browner markings but very variable in the degree of markings, with unmarked examples common.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows, woodland and gardens.

    When to see it

    The adult is nocturnal and comes readily to light in May and June and again in the autumn.

    Life History

    Larva feeds on various mosses, dead insects, detritus, decaying vegetable matter, also on seedpods of Tree Lupin and Tansy.

    UK Status

    Originally not a British species, this moth was accidentally introduced  with fruit and vegetables and appears to be established and expanding its range. It was first recorded in Kent in 1946 (as B. decolorella). 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)

    41.003 BF874

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map