Mirificarma mulinella

Alternative names
Gorse Groundling

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

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).

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

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