Scoparia pyralella

Alternative names
Meadow Grey

Wingspan 17-22 mm. A fairly distinctive Scoparia species, with a short and broad appearance and pale brown markings.

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

Prefers open country.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing in June and July, mainly at night but they also rest on rocks and tree trunks during the day.

Life History

The larvae feed on various decaying plant matter and possibly roots of Ragwort.

UK Status

It is fairly common over most of Britain, though less so in Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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