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0726 ~ Metzneria metzneriella
UK Status

Resident. A common species throughout the Britain as far north as Inverness-shire.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from two sites in the north-east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 14-19mm.

Confusion species

A quite distinctive species.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine.)


Grassland, downland and wasteland.


Common knapweed or Saw-wort.

Lifestage data

Seed miner. Eggs laid on the foodplant. Larva burrows amongst seeds and below the seeds and feeds within. Pupates in a light-brown silken cocoon at the base of the seed capsule.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 2nd July 2011, Llanymynech

Photo by DB, 5th June 2011, Middletown