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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Mompha lacteella

Range & Status

Recorded in Britain especially from the south, but also in north England and the Scottish Highlands (Emmet, 1991). Listed by Ball (1986) as pRDB3, but now known to be too widespread to qualify as a RDB species (A.M. Emmet, pers. comm.).

Regional Distribution

In Cornwall recorded in Chyverton Woods (1984) and near St. Austell (between 1982-


Habitat & Ecology

The moth is not restricted to any particular habitat, but may occur where the foodplant

grows. The known foodplant in Britain is Broad-leaved Willowherb Epilobium montanum (Heckford 1986b; Sterling, 1988); other Epilobium species may be used.


Not known.




I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.