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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late Mar-Oct.

Forewing: 5-8mm.

Foodplant: Animal matter and birds' nest detritus.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1948185918832004
Year last recorded2014201320142014
Number of records2452441
Number of individuals3032292
Unique positions114135
Unique locations114126
Adult records2432039
Immature records0012

For the county, we have a total of 94 records from 33 sites. First recorded in 1859.


12.027 Tinea pellionella 01
© Andy Nunn

Species Account

Similar species: The rarer 0242 Tinea translucens or 0243 Tinea dubiella without dissection of the genitalia.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and although less frequent than formerly is still quite common but not recorded from VC65. There is a possibility that some of the published records may refer to T.dubiella (Stainton) which has not been recorded in Yorkshire.

2014 (CHF): Still widespread across the county but quite local. Most records are indoors though it can come to light. If in any doubt, identification should be confirmed by dissection as there are other similar-looking species.

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