Pseudotelphusa scalella

    Alternative names
    Black-spotted Groundling

    Wingspan 11 to 13 mm. A distinctive 'pied' appearance makes this moth one of the less difficult to identify.

    Identification difficulty


    When to see it

    The moths fly in May and June and are attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larval stages are yet to be fully described in this country although on the Continent it is believed to be associated with Oak as well as mosses on tree-trunks.

    UK Status

    It is distributed locally in central and southern England, and occurs in continental Europe. 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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    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