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Matilella fusca

(Haworth, 1811)1451 / 62.012
=Pyla fusca

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on heaths and bell heather (Erica spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density on heathland throughout the Poole Basin. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but in Dorset the data suggests a partial bivoltine cycle in June and August in addition to the July brood. The species tends to disperse, as evidenced by the following that were found well away from heather habitat: Iwerne Minster, (H Moore),... Read More


Additional Stats

Wingspan: c. 26mm.
Flight: June and July.
Foodplant:   Heather and Bilberry.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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