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

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