Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 6-9mm.

Foodplant: Animal matter and birds' nest detritus.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19501859184918831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1919824817661
Number of individuals19311034226880
Unique positions352036295
Unique locations372036294
Adult records1909524117160
Immature records00400

For the county, we have a total of 774 records from 126 sites. First recorded in 1849.


12.033 Tinea trinotella 05
© Terry Box
12.033 Tinea trinotella 04 Top
© Colin Duke
12.033 Tinea trinotella 03 Side
© Colin Duke
12.033 Tinea trinotella 02
© Andy Nunn
12.033 Tinea trinotella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 16 May 2002

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded from all five vice-counties and is often common, frequently reared from birds' nests.

2014 (CHF): Common and widespread across lowland areas of the county. There is now a regular second brood in the north. Most records are at light though it can be reared sometimes from birds nests. The three spots on each wing make it easily identifiable.

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