Neofaculta ericetella

Alternative names
Heather Groundling

Wingspan 13 to 18 mm.

Identification difficulty

Around Heather.

When to see it

The adults fly in a single generation from late April to June. These are attracted to light at night but can also be disturbed from the foodplant during the day.

Life History

This species lays its eggs on Heather. The larvae emerge to feed on the flowers, later feeding in larval spinnings on the shoots.

UK Status

The moth is common throughout Britain and can be found wherever heather grows. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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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