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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-Aug.

Forewing: 7mm.

Foodplant: Birds' nests, decaying matter in poultry houses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19991859188319292002
Year last recorded20092014200820122013
Number of records1643186
Number of individuals17212324
Unique positions64343
Unique locations64353
Adult records1621186
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 47 records from 21 sites. First recorded in 1859.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Porritt (1907) listed this species as common, although it had been recorded sporadically from vice-counties 62 and 63 there is only a single record from VC64, Askham Bog in 1929 (AS coll.) and none are to hand from vice-counties 61 and 65.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC61. Spurn, 20.6.1999 det. HEB (BRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC61. Spurn, reared commonly from bird nest material collected 1998 (BE) (pre-dates previously published vice-county record), 13.6-13.8.2005 (BRS).

2014 (CHF): Although this species is meant to feed in bird's nests, most of our records are indoors in houses where the larvae feed on other animal products, but not usually on clothes in spite of the vernacular name "Brown-dotted Clothes Moth". Identification is not always easy and if in any doubt it should be dissected. There have been increasing records in recent years.

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