Eudonia pallida

    Alt Name
    Marsh Grey

    Wingspan around 18 mm. The palest of the British Scopariinae and quite distinctive, although care must be taken not to confuse small, worn specimens of related species.

    Similar 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

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats but it prefers damp situations such as fens or marshes.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in a single generation during June and July.

    Life History

    In common with a number of other British Pyralidae, the early stages are not well described but it is believed to feed on mosses or lichens at ground level. It has been reared from larvae amongst the moss.

    UK Status

    Distributed widely throughout the British Isles though not common. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

    63.075 BF1336

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map