Monopis imella

Alternative names
Felt Clothes Moth

Wingspan about 12 mm. This relatively nondescript species generally shows a yellowish tuft of scales on the head and a narrow pale buff line along the edge of the costa. There can be a pale spot on the forewing but often the forewing looks entirely plain.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats.

When to see it

Adults occur between June and September, possibly in two generations.

Life History

The larvae feed on refuse of animal origin such as wool or hair and are sometimes found in birds' nests.

UK Status

The species has a fairly wide distribution over the British Isles but is quite uncommon. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. This is only the second record for VC55.

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

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