Nemapogon cloacella ex IMG 3781 (800)

Cork Moth - K.Noble

The Cork Moth (Nemapogon cloacella) is a species of tineoid moth.

Ecology and descriptionEdit

N. cloacella is a widespread species, found all across western Eurasia. It is reportedly absent from France, but given that it occurs in all surrounding countries, this is unlikely to be correct. Its preferred habitat is woodland with a large amount of dead trees. The crepuscular adults are on the wing throughout the summer and are typically encountered at dusk but sometimes can be seen earlier in the day.

This small moth has a wingspan of 10–18 mm. The forewings are irregularly mottled black, white and grey. The head has a tuft of pale yellow hairs. The caterpillars feed mainly on bracket fungi.


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