Antispila metallella

Alternative names
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 - length of the long axis of the oval cut out for Antispila metallella should be 5.5 to 7 mm. For Antispila petryi this is 4 to 5.5 mm

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).

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

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