Nemaxera betulinella

Alternative names
Golden-speckled Clothes Moth

Wingspan 12 to 19 mm. One of the more well-marked of the Tineidae.

Identification difficulty

Well wooded areas especially areas containing Birch.

When to see it

The moths are on the wing from May to August, and are most often found at rest in the crevices of bark, relying on their cryptic camouflage.

Life History

The larvae feed mostly on bracket fungus, especially Piptoperus betulinus, but also on rotten wood.

UK Status

This fungus-feeding species is locally distributed in England and has also been recorded from Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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