Scoparia basistrigalis

Alternative names
Base-lined Grey

Wingspan about 21 mm.

Similar Species

It is rather similar to S. ambigualis in appearance, and is best identified by means of genitalia dissection.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

A clear set of photographs. showing all critical identification features is required, and/or a voucher specimen may be necessary - check with the County Recorder before releasing the moth.


 Sometimes found resting on tree trunks in the daytime, and at night will come to light.

When to see it

Flies in July.

Life History

The larva has only recently been described for the first time.  It feeds on the moss Mnium hornum growing on deep soil, which is not deeply shaded.

UK Status

Most frequent in the southern half of England, becoming more locally distributed further north.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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