Mompha langiella

Alternative names
Clouded Cosmet

Wingspan about10 mm. A relatively unremarkable looking member of the Momphidae, M. langiella is however quite distinctive, with its fuscous ground colour and irregular-shaped white marking at around two-thirds.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and occasionally gardens, especially where the larval food plants are present.

When to see it

August through to April.

Life History

The larva mines the leaves of Enchanter's Nightshade and willowherbs in June and July, forming a whitish blotch with scattered frass.

UK Status

Distributed locally in southern and western England and Wales, there are also scattered records from further north and in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

The Leicester record of 27th March 2012 is the first for VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).

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