Tinea columbariella

Alternative names
Eaves Clothes Moth

Wingspan 8 to 16 mm. 

Identification difficulty

Any site suitable for providing a larval food source – may be near to habitation.

When to see it

Mainly recorded in June and July but possibly continually brooded.

Life History

Larva feeds on feathers in bird nests and detritus, living within a silken case.

UK Status

Uncommon or rarely recorded in Britain – mostly recorded from southern England, with records north to Lancashire. Nationally scarce A.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.  The Sapcote record of 25th June 2018 is the first for VC55.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map