Micropterix aruncella

Alternative names
White-barred Gold

This is a tiny species with a wingspan of around 6 or 7 mm and, in common with other similar species, has metallic forewings. The members of the genus Micropterix are unusual in that the adults have fully functional mouthparts, unlike most other moths, and feed on the pollen of various plants.

Identification difficulty

In generally dry habitats such as downland and hillsides

When to see it

Flies in the daytime between May and August.

Life History

The early stages are not well described but the larvae are believed to feed at the bases of herbaceous plants.

UK Status

This species occurs widely over most of the British Isles. 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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