Small Grey

Eudonia mercurella

This small moth comes from a challenging group of moths to accurately identify. With a forewing length of up to 9mm (0.4in), this moth can be quite variable, but can usually be identified by its white cross-lines and markings. The adults fly from June to September, and are attracted to light. They are a regular visitor to my garden, and fairly common throughout Britain. It can be found in woodland, grassland and gardens. The larvae feed on mosses.

Small Grey Eudonia mercurella

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, July 2019. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman.