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.
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
Often a moorland species but sometimes found in woodland, parks and gardens.
The adults fly in July and August and are attracted to light.
The larvae feed on mosses on the ground, living in a silken gallery.
It occurs fairly frequently throughout much of Britain. 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)
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