Small Wainscot - Denticucullus pygmina


Wingspan 23 to 29 mm. This species varies somewhat in ground colour, with specimens ranging from pale buff to deep reddish-brown.

Identification difficulty

Found in marshy areas, wet heathland and other damp localities.

When to see it

The adults fly in August and September.

Life History

The larvae feed internally in the stems of sedges.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

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

UK Map