Bryotropha domestica

Alternative names
House Groundling

Wingspan 12 to 13 mm. The pale buff wings are marked with dark brown blotches.

Identification difficulty

Around mossy walls.

When to see it

The adult moths fly in a single generation from mid-May to late August, and are readily attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on mosses growing on walls, in a silken gallery. Pupation occurs within this gallery.

UK Status

This species is common throughout England and Wales, particularly in the south and in urban areas. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional 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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