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1.004 ~ 0004 ~ Micropterix aruncella ~ White-barred Gold
UK Status

Resident. Widespread throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

A few records from the east of the county. An under-recorded day flying species and will be much more common than records suggest.

Wingspan :   M & F, 6-8mm.

Confusion species

Micropterix aruncella f.seppella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Hillsides and downland.


The larva has been recorded feeding in plant detritus.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Larva believed to feed at the base of herbaceous plants. Pupa formed in a tough silken cocoon. (Mines of some species are similar, care is required with identification).
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 16th May 2012, Middletown