Small Rufous - Coenobia rufa


Wingspan 22 to 25 mm. A small plain looking rufous coloured moth with quite a pointed shaped head which seems to be rather tucked downwards.

Identification difficulty

The species occupies fens, marshes and bogs.

When to see it

Only occasionally attracted to light, the flight period is July and August

Life History

The larva overwinters and feeds within the stems of various rushes

UK Status

Locally common in the south of England and sporadically distributed elsewhere to southern Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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