Teleiodes vulgella

Alternative names
Common Groundling

A fairly distinctive moth in the adult stage, this species has small blackish patches bordered by raised whitish scale-tufts, giving it a noticeably 'rough' appearance.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats including gardens and well wooded areas.

When to see it

The adults fly at night in June and July and often visit the light-trap.

Life History

The larvae feed on a number of shrubs and trees, including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

UK Status

Quite a common species throughout most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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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