Scoparia subfusca

    Alt Name
    Large Grey

    Wingspan 21-30 mm. One of the plainer-looking members of the Scopariinae, though rather variable.

    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

    Various habitats - it flies at night but can sometimes be found resting on tree-trunks or stones during the day.

    When to see it

    From June to August

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the roots of Ox-tongue and Colt's-foot.

    UK Status

    It is fairly common throughout most of Britain. 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)

    63.062 BF1332

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map