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Micropterix calthella
Plain Pollen-moth (Linnaeus, 1761)
Micropterigidae
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Photo © Dave Appleton,  16/06/2012 - Whitwell Common

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White-line Pollen-moth
Micropterix aruncella
Wingspan: 7-10 mm.
Flight: daytime in May and June
Foodplant:   Various herbaceous plants.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Tiny moth with metallic bronzy forewings. Day flying.
Woodland, fens, wet meadows.

Micropterix are unusual in that the adults have fully functional mouthparts, and feed on pollen.

Recorded in 44 (59%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
07/06/2024227TG20Norwich (Centre)
04/06/2024227TG02Foxley Wood
23/05/2024127TG04Glandford
19/05/2024328TL99Rockland St Peter
09/05/2024128TL99Rockland St Peter
07/05/2024127TG10Cringleford / Intwood
06/05/20241027TG04Cley next the Sea
05/05/2024+27TM19Ashwellthorpe
19/04/20241027TG02Foxley Wood
16/06/2023227TG14Sheringham / Beeston
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