Mirificarma mulinella

    Alternative names
    Gorse Groundling
    Description

    Wingspan 11 to 15 mm. This moth may frequently be identified by a pair of dark stripes running longitudinally down each forewing. However in some individuals these stripes may merge. In others, they may be absent altogether making identification difficult.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Heathland and wasteland.

    When to see it

    The adult moth flies from July to September.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Gorse and Broom, feeding on the flowers before pupating amongst the leaves on the ground.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    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).

    Reference
    35.093 BF792

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