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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 5-7mm.

Foodplant: Bracket fungus on birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1984
Year last recorded2001
Number of records3
Number of individuals3
Unique positions3
Unique locations3
Adult records3
Immature records0

For the county, we have a total of 3 records from 3 sites. First recorded in 1984.


12.019 Nemapogon ruricolella 01
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Similar species: 0216 Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella.

2013 (CHF): A rare moth in the county with only two confirmed records. Very similar in appearance to Nemapogon cloacella and identification should be confirmed by dissection. It was at one time thought to be a form of N. cloacella so records were confused until the two species were clearly separated by Pierce and Metcalfe in 1934. It tends to be commoner in the south of the country. The larvae feed on bracket fungi.

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