Mompha raschkiella

    Alternative names
    Little Cosmet

    Wingspan 9 mm. A tiny, but distinctively marked species, with pale yellow shoulder patches and scale tufts along its back.

    Identification difficulty

    It can be found in any habitat where the food plant grows.

    When to see it

    It has two generations in the year, flying during May and again in August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the leaves of Rosebay Willowherb

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain but easily overlooked due to its tiny size. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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