Scoparia subfusca

Alternative names
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)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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