72.022 .... B&F 2063
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica (Clerck, 1759)
Status .....Recorded at Eakring in 2007, which remained our only record despite trapping for well over 20 years, until a chance encounter with the female below, seen flying across a minor road at Sutton-on-Trent in 2022. It seems that this once common moth has undergone a decline in the county over recent years, although there are records from most areas of Nottinghamshire.
Female, photographed at Sutton-on-Trent May 2022   Male, photographed at Lound Wood May 2007
Early stages                            
Eggs laid ex-Sutton-on-Trent female, photographed May 18th 2022
Eggs laid ex-Sutton-on-Trent female, photographed prior to hatching May 25th 2022
1st instar larva. Photographed May 2022.
2nd instar larva. Photographed June 2022.
4th instar larva. Photographed June 2022.
Full-grown larva. Photographed June 2022.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Muslin Moth
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Lound Moth Group. Colin Watkin. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth reports 2003-2012). Sean Tobin. Sherwood Forest Rothamsted trap results 1986-1990. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Robert and Jill Carlyle. Dave Morton. Graham Birkett. NBGRC. Ian Blackmore-Allen. Martin Gray. Tom Shields. Jason Reece and Lily Reece. Andy Adcock. Tom Shields.

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Updated September 2023

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