The Moths of Suffolk
147 Nemophora metallica, (Poda, 1761)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis) and Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring to N. cupriacella and N. metallica) ocurred in small numbers upon the above (Angelica sylvestris) flowers, growing among Scabious, in Fritton marsh during August 1936 (Doughty, Morley). The former from our Breck sands (Ent. 1886, 79).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAdela reaumurella
Adela rufimitrella

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Denbies Hillside, Surrey (1.viii.2007) © Stuart Read

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Nr Barley, Hertfordshire (15.vii.2012) © P. Bryant
Totternhoe quarry, Bedfordshire (2.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Cranwich, Norfolk (28.vii.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Cranwich, Norfolk (28.vii.2012) © A Prichard