Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Recorded all months, two generations, Apr-Jul, and Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 6-10mm.

Foodplant: Household detritus, dried goods, cereals and grain.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19501999197419651980
Year last recorded20142014201420152014
Number of records140867286874770
Number of individuals158411251215106779
Unique positions7350738918
Unique locations7751748817
Adult records139767286070469
Immature records20410

For the county, we have a total of 3765 records from 307 sites. First recorded in 1950.


28.009 Endrosis sarcitrella (White-shouldered House Moth) 03
© Terry Box, 20 Aug 2020
28.009 Endrosis sarcitrella (White-shouldered House Moth) 02
© John Edwards
28.009 Endrosis sarcitrella (White-shouldered House Moth) 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and very common in vice-counties 61 to 64, most frequent in houses but also regularly reared from birds' nests. Unrecorded in VC65.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC65. Baldersby St. James, May 1980 det. HEB (TAP); Carlton, Coverdale, 20.6.1989 (CCS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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