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Micropterix calthella

(Linnaeus, 1761)5 / 1.005

Phil Sterling, 2008: A species of damp habitats, especially meadows, streamsides and woodland rides; imagines may be found in flowers, especially of sedges (Carex spp.) and buttercup (Ranunculus spp.). Widespread in the British Isles. Before 1970 within Dorset, there are 11 records and the moth appeared to be widespread (per WPC ms.); there are over 30 post 1970 records and, like M. aruncella, the moth is currently widespread and can be found in abundance. (14.iv 28.vi)


Additional Stats

Wingspan: 7-10 mm.
Flight: daytime in April to June
Foodplant:   Various herbaceous plants.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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