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1.005 ~ 0005 ~ Micropterix calthella ~ Plain Gold
UK Status

Resident. Widespread throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

The most commonly seen Micropterix species in the county, can be abundant, but still generally overlooked.

Wingspan :   M & F, 7-10mm.

Confusion species

Forms of Micropterix aruncella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Damp parts of woodland rides and clearings.



Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Larva Unknown. Pupa formed in a tough silken cocoon. (Mines of some species are similar, care is required with identification).
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 8th May 2011, Middletown

Photo by PB, 15th May 2012, Morben ISAF

Photo by PB, 15th May 2012, Morben ISAF