The Moths of Suffolk
227 Monopis laevigella, Skin Moth, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to September, the odd early record in March

Larval foodplants : A variety of foodstuffs of animal origin, in birds' nests, owl pellets, dead birds and mammals, various stored animal products

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not always attached to dwellings, though usually in sheds. Copdock; Bentley Woods and on sugar at Benacre Broad, both far from dwellings; in Ipswich houses and gardens, frequent in Monks Soham outhouses but probably is never actually attracted to light; Gorleston. Maidcross Hill in Lakenheath, a full mile from any dwelling, on 13 June 1899. Many tinea rusticella bred from larvae feeding in Owls' casts at Tiinworth (Nurse. Entom. 1906, 160).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 13-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMonopis weaverella

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Eye, Suffolk (28.vii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

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