Catoptria falsella

Alternative names
Chequered Grass-veneer

Wingspan18-22 mm. This is rather a creamy brown looking well marked moth with a distinct pale patch running about half the length of the wing.

Identification difficulty


When to see it

July and August, when it can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on mosses growing on walls, especially the moss Tortula muralis and forms a silken tube.

UK Status

This species is distributed over much of Britain, most frequently in the south. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map