Matilella fusca

Alternative names
Pyla fusca
Brown Knot-horn

Wingspan around 26 mm with a dull brownish colouration. 

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A species of heathland and moorland. The adults have a habit of resting amongst areas of burnt heath, where their colouration makes for excellent camouflage, although they are easily disturbed.

When to see it

The moths are on the wing during June and July and can be attracted to light at night.

Life History

The larvae feed in a web on heather (Erica) and possibly bilberry (Vaccinium), from July onwards, overwintering.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain but rather local in its distribution.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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