Pediasia contaminella

    Alt Name
    Waste Grass-Veneer

    Wingspan 20 to 30 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Prefers dry grassy habitats.

    When to see it

    It flies during July and August and is attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in a silken tube amongst grasses such as sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina).

    UK Status

    Distributed mainly in the southern counties, this is a rather local species. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland) – the Sapcote record of 25th July 2018 was one of the first for our area.

    63.109 BF1323

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map