Diplodoma laichartingella

    Alt Name
    Dotted-margin Smoke, Diplodoma herminata

    Wingspan 10 to 15 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    The adult moths fly in one generation, during May and June.

    Life History

    The larva builds a case, covered with small fragments of plant matter and other particles, and feeds on lichens, decaying plant matter and detritus. The larval period usually lasts for two years.

    UK Status

    This species has a scattered distribution throughout much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Charnwood Lodge record of 5th July 2013 is only the second record for VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    11.001 BF180

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map