Tinea semifulvella

    Alt Name
    Fulvous Clothes Moth

    Wingspan 14 to 22 mm. Perhaps the most colourful of the British Tineidae, and one of the largest. With a striking orange head and a large orangey area on the wings, which are otherwise greyish white with a slight sheen.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults fly nocturnally between May and September and are often found in light traps.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in birds' nests and on woollen remains, such as sheep's wool.

    UK Status

    This species is fairly frequent over most of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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