Marbled Mompha

Mompha propinquella (Stainton, 1851)

A small moth, with a distinctive white head and thorax. The forewing is marbled blue-grey, reddish-brown and white. The forewings has three tufts of scales, which break up the moth-image and aid in camouflage.

Marbled Mompha

Identification

A small moth, with a distinctive white head and thorax. The forewing is marbled blue-grey, reddish-brown and white. The forewings has three tufts of scales, which break up the moth-image and aid in camouflage.

ORDER

Lepidoptera

FAMILY

Momphidae

TYPE

Moths

Widespread but thinly spread in Britain, being more common in southern England. In Dorset and Somerset widespread but thinly spread, and likely underrecorded. Rare at Wyke Farm, with only a single record from July 2022, though this species is likely overlooked as it is resistant to come to light.

This species inhabits open woodlands and gardens, where the foodplant grows.

The larvae mainly feed on the leaves of Great Willowherb and Broad-leaved Willowherb.

The adults fly between June and early September, where they can be found flying at dawn and dusk, and they are attracted to light in small numbers.

The larvae mine the leaves of several willowherb species, mainly Great and Broad-leaved Willowherb, and the mines can be found from September to April.

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LATIN NAME

Mompha propinquella

Size (MM)

Wingspan 11-12 mm

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