Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Probably two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 6-10mm.

Foodplant: Dead or decaying animal matter, bird's nests detritus.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491859188319651883
Year last recorded20142014201420112013
Number of records9749621813
Number of individuals10393662013
Unique positions211429127
Unique locations221427117
Adult records9747571812
Immature records00200

For the county, we have a total of 239 records from 81 sites. First recorded in 1859.


12.036 Monopis laevigella 02
© Andy Nunn
12.036 Monopis laevigella 04
© David Ashton, 15 May 2015
12.036 Monopis laevigella 03
© Dave Williamson
12.036 Monopis laevigella 01
© Ian Marshall, 8 Jul 2008

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and very common with many records from all five vice-counties. Can be reared in numbers from birds' nests and owl pellets.

2013 (CHF): Still common and widespread across the county, both at light and especially in nest boxes. It can be mistaken for the less common Monopis weaverella but the tornal spot is usually absent or indistinct.

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