Monopis obviella

Alternative names
Yellow-backed Clothes Moth

Wingspan 10 to13 mm.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, sometimes found indoors.

When to see it

The adult moths can be found on the wing between May and October, when they will occasionally come to light. There are most likely two generations.

Life History

The larvae are scavengers, feeding on animal and plant refuse, especially woollen materials.

UK Status

Occurring chiefly in southern England, the true distribution of this species is imperfectly known due to previous confusion regarding identification. 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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