Diplodoma laichartingella

Alternative names
Dotted-margin Smoke
Dotted-margin Bagworm
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).

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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