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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 5-9mm.

Foodplant: Bracket fungus, dried fruit and nuts, grain.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19481859188319651883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records140441103310
Number of individuals13147138688
Unique positions381947215
Unique locations362047215
Adult records14041106318
Immature records00101

For the county, we have a total of 337 records from 129 sites. First recorded in 1859.


12.016 Nemapogon cloacella 03
© Andy Nunn
12.016 Nemapogon cloacella 02
© Dave Shenton
12.016 Nemapogon cloacella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 18 Jun 2005

Species Account

Similar species: Confusion species is 0215 Corn Moth Nemapogon granella. Several other similar, but scarce, species to consider: 0216a Nemapogon inconditella, 0217 Nemapogon wolffiella, and 0218 Nemapogon variatella, 0219 Nemapogon ruricolella.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties, widely distributed and often very common.

2013 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county, usually in woodland. Most records are at light but many are in the daytime. The larvae feed in bracket fungi. If any of the rarer look-alike species are suspected, they should be confirmed by dissection.

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