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