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Muslin Moth
Diaphora mendica

(Clerck, 1759) 2063 / 72.022
Photo © Damian Money,  Skelton in Cleveland VC62 1st May 2022

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Yorkshire Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Muslin moth is well distributed across low-lying parts of the county. Males are nocturnal and come to light, usually in small numbers, though counts can sometimes reach double figures. The white females are more active in the daytime and are rarely reported. Out of nearly 6,000 records on the database, seven are labelled female. Numbers and distribution in Yorkshire are stable.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded over all five vice-counties but usually only taken in ones or twos each year at any one locality. An exception to this is at Spurn (VC61) where it varies annually from one or two to quite numerous (BRS pers. comm.).

Recorded in 132 (66%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1859.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Water Ermine  |  Clouded Buff >
Forewing: M 14-17mm. F 17-19mm.
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/08/2023162SE65 - York (E)
07/07/2023165SE29 - Catterick
09/06/2023161TA03 - Beverley (S) / Cottingham
06/06/2023165SE37 - Ripon
03/06/2023165SE18 - Middleham
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