Skin Moth - Monopis laevigella

    Description

    Wingspan 13 to 20 mm. A rather drab looking brown or blackish moth with mottled patterning on the wings.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats and sometimes found near bird's nests.

    When to see it

    The adults can be found on the wing from dusk onwards from May through to September, and may have two generations in the south.

    Life History

    Larvae from December to March feeding on a range of animal origin foodstuffs, such as dead animals, owl pellets and detritus in birds' nests.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    12.036 BF227

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map