Monochroa lucidella

Alternative names
Buff-marked Neb

Wingspan 12 to14 mm.

Identification difficulty

Found in damp habitats, especially around Common spike-rush, the larval foodplant.

When to see it

The adult moths emerge in June and July and may be seen flying in late afternoon around the foodplants.

Life History

The eggs of this species are laid on Common spike-rush, with the larva emerging to feed in the stem.

UK Status

Widespread throughout most of England and Wales, but local in distribution. 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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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