The Moths of Suffolk
231 Monopis imella, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Flight Period : More common in maritime districts

Larval foodplants : Variety of materials including flour, oats, other seeds and woollen refuse

Records : Orfordness (J Higgott & M Marsh, 15.viii.2004; J Askins & M Marsh, 22,vi.2005,,, 1.ix.2007; M Marsh, 29.viii.2009)

Morley's Final Catalogue : An extremely local kind among fur and felt in Britain, from Kent to Suffolk, and in Lancs. With us, confined to the vicinity of Brandon (Barrett), where Bloomfield told me it was originally discovered in Britain by Dunning, in sandy fields just east of the town about 1858 (Mly); from June to August occurs "near the town in fields that have been manured with furriers' refuse" (Crutwell) : rabbit-skin top-hats used to be largely manufactured there. Tinea imella bred freely from a rotted "knitted woollen stocking" in Dumbarton (EMM. 1903, p.150)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-14mm


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    AdultMonopis crocicapitella
Monopis imella

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman

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