Skin Moth

Monopis laevigella  – A tiny micro-moth with a forewing length of between 5-10mm. The wings have a purple sheen peppered with pale scales and a pale blotch just off centre on the forewing. Similar to Monopis weaverella, which has a larger pale blotch which is more centred on the forewing. The adult flies May to September, and can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodland, parkland and gardens. Common and widespread. The larvae feed on animal foodstuffs like bird’s nests, owl pellets and dead animal carcasses.

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, August 2017. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman.


  1. It’s not a beauty but a very special creature. Maybe moths are a bit underestimated. We have to understand that all life on earth are important in one way or another. Thanks for sharing Peter.

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  2. Since seeing all your wonderful moth photos has really made me take notice of moths and how fascinating they look, some like fluffy toys, some like fringed carpets and some like Darth Vader shaped. I look much closer at them now, even if I do forget their names.

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    1. Good on you, Jill! 🙂 I have always found them fascinating, and it probably goes back to boyhood when my big brother used to have moth catching evenings in the summer, and I used to join him.

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  3. Great shot! I have to admit, they are not my favourite insects, but when I look at your photo, I find fascinating details. I should think about my relationship to them. I could like them a bit more now 😉

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