Mompha propinquella

Alternative names
Marbled Cosmet

Wingspan 12 mm. In common with most of the Momphidae, the adults of this species are brightly-coloured, with raised scale-tufts.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats where the larval foodplants are present.

When to see it

The moths fly at night between June and August, and come to light.

Life History

The larval foodplants are various willowherbs and the species spends the winter as a larva.

UK Status

It occurs in suitable habitat throughout most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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