The Moths of Suffolk
5 Micropterix calthella, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Common in southern half of county

Habitats : Woodland, fens, wet meadows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May and June - predominantly in May

Larval foodplants : The tender young growth of various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quarrelsomely jostling each other for the possession of every marsh-marigold and cuckoo flower throughout the County in May.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 7-10mm


Confusion species
    AdultMicropterix aruncella

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In buttercup flower - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (16.v.2006) © A Prichard

Flight chart
100 15

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Adults on Buttercup flower. - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © Neil Sherman
Lineage Wood, Suffolk (1.v.2009) © Lee Gregory