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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Aug.

Forewing: 7-10mm.

Foodplant: Dried leaves and plant matter.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded188919941889
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records140119518
Number of individuals152152608
Unique positions7312170
Unique locations6711156
Adult records139119516
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 518 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


1474 Ephestia parasitella 03
© Julian Francis
1474 Ephestia parasitella 02
© Paul Harris
1474 Ephestia parasitella 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern England and south Wales, the larval foodplant is unknown although dry vegetable refuse including dry berries is oft-quoted. Abroad, the larva is a pest of grape on vines (Vitis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is most frequent albeit at low density, within or close to woodland. Singletons are occasionally observed from more open, less leafy habitats such as localities along the coast.

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