The Moths of Suffolk
4 Micropterix aruncella, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, mainly in south and west of county

Habitats : Grassy areas, carr, hillsides and downland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to August

Larval foodplants : The tender young growth of various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Taken singly at Bentley and Belstead (Pyett); in the utmost profusion on umbelliferous flowers at Covehithe on 12 July 1897 (Morley). In speedwell flowers at Tuddenham (Warren).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 6-8mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMicropterix calthella

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (2.vi.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Groton Woods, Suffolk (11.vi.2013) © P.Bryant