Brown-dotted Clothes Moth - Niditinea fuscella


    Wingspan around 14 mm. A small dull brown moth with two or three darker spots.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats where a larval food source is available. Sometimes found in chicken houses.

    When to see it

    The moths, which are on the wing from May to September, generally fly from late afternoon onwards.

    Life History

    The larvae of this 'clothes moth' actually feed in birds' nests and poultry houses, mainly on dried feathers and other dried animal and vegetable matter.

    UK Status

    Distributed throughout much of the British Isles except the far north. 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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    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