Wakely’s Dowd Blastobasis lacticolella

Blastobasidae

Blastobasis lacticolella

This odd little moth was first recorded in Kent in 1946. It is from Madeira, and has now become naturalised throughout. The ground colour tends to be like straw with darker brownish markings, but can be quite variable. Forewing length 6 to 11mm.

Blastobasis lacticolella

The adult flies May to November, and can be seen in various habitats including woodland, scrub and gardens. The larva feeds on a variety of foodstuffs, including vegetable matter, moss and dead insects.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Dingy Dowd Blastobasis adustella

Blastobasidae

Blastobasis adustella

A small moth with a forewing length of 6 to 9mm, with variable patterning.

Blastobasis adustella

The adult flies June to October, and can be seen in various habitats including woodland, scrub, parks and gardens. An introduced species which has now become naturalised here, and has become common and widespread. The larva feeds on vegetable matter, leaf debris, and the like.

Blastobasis adustella

© Pete Hillman July 2017.