Nemapogon ruricolella

Alternative names
Gold-sheen Clothes Moth

Wingspan about 12 mm. This species has been the subject of some confusion in the past with its close congener, N. cloacella. It tends to have paler brown markings in the forewing than that species.

Similar Species

Nemapogon cloacella.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Gen det required for this species.


Various habitats.

When to see it

Adult moths can be found from June until early August, and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on bracket fungus, especially those of the genus Coriolus, and on dead wood.

UK Status

Occurring sparsely in parts of England and Wales, as well as southern Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded 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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