Mompha jurassicella

Alternative names
Scarce Cosmet

Wingspan about 12mm. Superficially a rather dull looking species, but it is often is flecked with subtle shades.

Identification difficulty

Around areas where Great Willowherb is plentiful.

When to see it

There is a single generation, the adult moths on the wing from September, hibernating over winter and appearing again up to April.

Life History

The larval foodplant is Great Willowherb, the larvae feeding internally in galleries in the stems during July and August.

UK Status

This scarce and rather local species occurs mainly in the south eastern region of England, with a few records from surrounding counties. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce A.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Sapcote record of 6th April 2011 is the first VC55 record for this species. 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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