Bryotropha basaltinella

Alternative names
Thatch Groundling

Wingspan about 11 mm. 

Identification difficulty

Often encountered near to buildings.

When to see it

Adult moths are on the wing between late May and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on mosses during the spring.

UK Status

Having a somewhat disjunct distribution in Britain, this moth occurs in many of the southern English counties, and then is rather scattered northwards to Northumberland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce A.

VC55 Status

Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Wigston record of 14th May is the first for VC55.

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