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

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

    62.074 BF1421

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map