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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Aug, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 5-6mm.

Foodplant: Woollen materials, refuse, and detritus in bird nests.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1994199119791959
Year last recorded2014199120121959
Number of records2351111
Number of individuals2771111
Unique positions15191
Unique locations16191
Adult records2351111
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 248 records from 27 sites. First recorded in 1959.


12.038 Monopis obviella 02
© Andy Nunn
12.038 Monopis obviella 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. South Cave, 28.6.1992, det. HEB (DBC); Spurn, 25.8.1995, 9 & 11.7.1996, 12.6.1997, 27.7.1997, 23.8.1997 (BRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC62. Appletree Village, York, 14.7.1991 (MRB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Far Headingley, Leeds, 26.9.1959 (CCS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): Local in the south and east of the county. There are no records from VC65. This species is extremely similar to the much rarer Monopis crocicapitella, in fact the two were not properly separated until 1912. Records from any new areas and those suspected of being crocicapitella should be confirmed by dissection.

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