Nemaxera betulinella

    Alt Name
    Golden-speckled Clothes Moth
    Description

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

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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).

    Reference
    12.014 BF223

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map