Metzneria metzneriella

Alternative names
Meadow Neb

Wingspan 14 to19 mm. Orangey-brown wing has a row of dark dots and a pale fringe.

Identification difficulty

Dry pastures and calcareous soils.

When to see it

The moths are on the wing between June and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on the seeds of Common Knapweed or Saw-wort overwintering in the seedhead before pupating in late spring.

UK Status

The commonest of the six British species of Metzneria distributed throughout England, Wales and southern Scotland. It also occurs locally in Ireland. 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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