Large Tabby - Aglossa pinguinalis


Wingspan 29 to 38 mm. A dullish moth with a grey brown mottled appearance.

Identification difficulty

An unusual species which inhabits buildings such as barns and warehouses, hiding in dark corners during the day.

When to see it

The adults fly between June and August, and occasionally visit light.

Life History

The larvae feed amongst straw and chaff in buildings such as those mentioned under 'Habitat', as well as on sheep-dung.

UK Status

It occurs widely throughout the British Isles, but is less common than previously. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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