Scoparia ambigualis

Alternative names
Common Grey

Wingspan 15-22 mm. One of several very similar moths which can be rather difficult to separate.

Similar Species

Scopariinae are a difficult group to identify and sometimes it is necessary to refer to genitalia to be sure. A useful guide can be found at the following LINK

Identification difficulty

Deciduous woodland and on moorland.

When to see it

The adults fly from May to July and can be found resting on tree-trunks or rocks.

Life History

Larva feeds on various mosses.

UK Status

A common species throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite 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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