Skin Moth - Monopis laevigella


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

Identification difficulty

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).

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

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