Antispila metallella

    Alt Name
    Four-spot Lift

    Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. A small bronzy metallic species with paler metallic markings.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine   mine size needs to be measured

    ID guidance

    Areas where the larval foodplant is found.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in the daytime during May, preferring sunny weather.

    Life History

    The larvae make blotch-mines in leaves of the foodplant, Dogwood and when fully grown, cut out a small oval to form a pupating case. The combination of mine and cut-out is very distinctive.

    UK Status

    This species is locally distributed throughout most of England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    6.001 BF158

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map