Metzneria lappella

Alternative names
Burdock Neb

Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. Quite similar to other members of the group, but the light colouration and a dark line in the cilia are distinctive is this species.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, especially areas where the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on the seeds of Greater Burdock and pupation takes place in the seedhead.

UK Status

Widespread though not particularly common in southern England and in the north of England and Wales. It is scarcer in Scotland and unknown in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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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