Eudonia truncicolella

Alternative names
Ground-moss Grey

Wingspan 18-22 mm. One of the confusing range of Scopariinae, which can be difficult to tell apart. Probably most likely to be confused with Scorparia ambigualis, although the present species is said to have a more 'scratchy' appearance and more pointed forewings.

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

Often a moorland species but sometimes found in woodland, parks and gardens.

When to see it

The adults fly in July and August and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on mosses on the ground, living in a silken gallery.

UK Status

It occurs fairly frequently throughout much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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