Nematopogon schwarziellus

    Alt Name
    Sandy Long-horn

    Wingspan 14 to 17mm. Similar in appearance to the slightly larger Nematopogon swammerdamella. Nematopogon schwarziellus has a hint of a pale discal spot.

    Identification difficulty

    Occupying woodland, heathland and acid grassland.

    When to see it

    The adults hatch in May and June, and fly early in the morning and from late afternoon till dusk.

    Life History

    The larva constructs a case from detritus, within which it lives, feeding on dead leaves throughout the winter and all the following year until the succeeding spring.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent species throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    7.012 BF141

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map