Mompha ochraceella

Alternative names
Buff Cosmet
Buff Mompha

Wingspan 14 to 16 mm. A distinctive orange-yellow moth.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, especially in areas where the larval foodplant is found.

When to see it

Flying at night and attracted to light, the adults can be found on the wing between May and August.

Life History

In common with several other Mompha species, the larvae feed on Willowherb in this case Great Willowherb, mining the stems and later the leaves.

UK Status

Occurs widely throughout much of 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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map