Morophaga choragella

Alternative names
Large Clothes Moth

Wingspan 18 to 32 mm. It bears a superficial resemblance to some other members of the family, but is generally larger, having a wingspan of up to 30mm.

Identification difficulty
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Well wooded areas.

When to see it

The moths fly between June and August, but are fairly inconspicuous.

Life History

The larvae feed internally in bracket fungus, and possibly also on dead wood.

UK Status

Distributed locally in the south and south-east of England, there are a few scattered records further north to Northumberland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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