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63.066 ~ 1333 ~ Scoparia pyralella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout the British Isles, but less common in Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded at several sites throughout the county, but never common.

Wingspan :   M & F, 17-20mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Open country and coastal shingle.


Mainly common ragwort.

Lifestage data

Root feeder. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives in the roots and feeds within, also feeds on decaying plant material. Pupal site undescribed.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 23rd June 2007, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 23rd June 2010, Llanfyllin