Tapestry Moth Trichophaga tapetzella: Distribution map

Please note that the NBN Gateway map service has been terminated as of 1 April 2017.

As soon as a replacement map service is available, distribution maps will hopefully appear here again.

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12.025 BF234
Tapestry Moth Trichophaga tapetzella

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Wingspan c. 19mm.

This formerly quite common species is now quite rare in Britain. The larvae feed on naturally-occurring fibrous material such as hair, fur or bird feathers, and is typically found these days in birds' nests or owl pellets, but formerly was regularly found indoors, at least in unheated buildings.

The adult moths are quite distinctive, with their creamy-white and fuscous forewing showing a clear demarcation. They generally fly between May and August.
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