Eudonia pallida

Alternative names
Pallid Grey
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)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Marsh Grey
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
04/07/2009 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
20/08/2023 (Poole, Adam)

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