Catoptria falsella

    Alt Name
    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)

    63.102 BF1316

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map