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Scarce Grass-veneer

This is a rather small Grass-veneer, reaching a wingspan of 18 to 22 mm only. Usually well marked animals are readily identified. Characteristic is the small white triangle near the top of the wing. Above sits a rather square, usually greyish sometimes brownish spot with some black dots near the upper edge. The larvae live in various grasses, but they have a big favourite: Deschampsia species (Tufted Hair Grass, aka Golden Dew). The moth is on the wing from the middle of May to the end of July, usually peaking mid-June. The Scarce Grass-veneer is an abundant species over most of Europe, including Southern Scandinavia. Curiously enough it is not very common in Britain, hence the common English name.