Micropterix calthella

    Alternative names
    Plain Gold

    Another tiny species, with a wingspan of around 8 to 10mm, this moth has metallic bronzy forewings, with purplish tinges in places. Like other Micropterix species, it has a tuft of hairs on the head and like other members of the family, this species has functional jaws.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp woodland, woodland rides and woodland clearings.

    When to see it

    It can be found flying in the daytime in May and June, where it feeds on the pollen of various plants.

    Life History

    Larva feeds on plant detritus and also, perhaps, various liverworts.

    UK Status

    It is fairly common throughout most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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