Wingspan 17-22 mm. A rather small, narrow-winged species.
Scopariinae are a difficult group to identify and sometimes it is necessary to refer to genitalia to be sure. A useful guide can be found at the following LINK
Prefers coastal habitats but it can be found locally throughout most of Britain.
Usually a late flight period from July through to early November but can be seen earlier.
The larvae feed on mosses on walls and in sand-dunes.
Mainly coastal but often encountered inland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant). This species seems to be becoming more common in our area.
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
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