Matilella fusca
Matilella fusca
Adult • Littleborough, Lancashire • © Ian Kimber

62.012 BF1451

Matilella fusca

(Haworth, 1811)

[Synonyms: Pyla fusca]

Wingspan c. 26mm.

A species of heathland and moorland, well distributed and fairly common throughout the British Isles, the adults have a habit of resting amongst areas of burnt heath, where their coloration makes for excellent camouflage, although they are easily disturbed.

The larvae feed in a web on heather (Erica) and possibly bilberry (Vaccinium), from July onwards, overwintering.

The moths are on the wing during June and July and can be attracted to light at night.

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