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63.099 ~ 1313 ~ Catoptria pinella ~ Pearl Grass-veneer
UK Status

Resident. Widespread but local throughout much of the British Isles, but most common in the south and east.

Montgomeryshire Status

A well distibuted, low density species, usually found in singletons.

Wingspan :   M & F, 20-26mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Heathy woodland and boggy ground.


Various grasses.

Lifestage data

Grass moth. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives in, and feeds from, a small vertical tube amongst dense tufts of the foodplant. Pupates in a white silken cocoon covered with grass particles in leaf sheath.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 17th July 2009, Llanfyllin