Borkhausenia fuscescens

Alternative names
Small Dingy Tubic

Wingspan 7 to 12 mm. A small, stubby-looking moth with a pale transverse band against a slightly darker brownish ground colour. A darker spot is visible beyond the band and a dark suffusion before it.

Identification difficulty
When to see it

The moths occur in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on a wide range of dried plant matter, such as dead leaves and birds' nests, normally within a silken tube.

UK Status

The species is fairly common and widely distributed throughout most of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

This species seems to be uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. 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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