Rush Veneer - Nomophila noctuella


Wingspan 26-32 mm. When at rest, this moth has a very elongated and narrow shape, which makes it easily recognisable.

Identification difficulty

A well-known migrant, it can often be found in large numbers at coastal watch-points but can also be found inland.

When to see it

Tends to occur in the adult stage between May and September.

Life History

The larvae feed on Clover and various grasses.

UK Status

Numbers vary but in years of heavy migration it can be abundant in coastal areas. Records are mainly from the southern half of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Migrant.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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