Blastobasis lacticolella

Alternative names
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)

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

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