Muslin Moth - Diaphora mendica

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    72.022 BF2063

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map