Muslin Moth - Diaphora mendica


Wingspan 28 to 38 mm. Showing distinct sexual dimorphism, the males of this moth are soft grey or grey brown, the females are white, both sparsely speckled with black.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in woodland, downland and suburban habitats.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed on a variety of low plants, including Dock and Chickweed.

UK Status

Relatively common in most of Britain, though fewer records from the north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

UK Map