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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: pRDB3

Local Status: Rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 7-11mm.

Foodplant: Larva feeds on fur, hair or feathers, either naturally occurring as in birds' nests or pellets of birds of prey, or in manufactured articles, formerly a troublesome pest in unheated buildings (MBGBI Vol 2).

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded189418591974
Year last recorded189419351974
Number of records131
Number of individuals000
Unique positions131
Unique locations131
Adult records131
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 5 records from 5 sites. First recorded in 1859.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Formerly quite widespread (very common everywhere (Porritt, 1907)), but now very scarce.

2014 (CHF): There have been no more records of this scarce but distinctive species. The last record in 1974 was bred from Barn Owl pellets and this is one of the commonest ways of locating this moth.

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