Ephestia unicolorella

Alternative names
False Cacao Moth, Ephestia parasitella, Ephestia woodiella

Wingspan 14 to 20 mm.

Identification difficulty

Unlike most of its congeners, this species is not a pest of dried foods in warehouses and kitchens, and occurs out-of-doors.

When to see it

Flying between June and September, when it can be attracted to light.

Life History

Most probably feeding on dried leaves and other plant matter.

UK Status

It is relatively scarce, and occurs in southern England. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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