The Moths of Suffolk
726 Metzneria metzneriella, (Stainton, 1851)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Grassland, waste ground, downland and roadside verges

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) or Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A single example bred from seed-heads of knapweed at Timworth about 1910 (Nurse).

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMetzneria lappella
Metzneria aestivella
Sitotroga cerealella, Angoumois Grain Moth

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Grove Farm, Thurston, Suffolk (6.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva in seedhead of Knapweed - Norfolk (2006) © Rob Edmunds
Larva in seedhead of Knapweed - Norfolk (2006) © Rob Edmunds