The Moths of Suffolk
725 Metzneria aestivella, (Zeller, 1839)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Open grassland, especially on chalk or limestone soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded, mid-June to July

Larval foodplants : Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris)

Records : Minsmere (R Harvey et al, 2004 ? 2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A local species, feeding in seed-heads of carline thistles. Taken at Orford by Gibbs in 1903 (Trans. i, 36).

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMetzneria lappella
Metzneria metzneriella
Sitotroga cerealella, Angoumois Grain Moth

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva inside seed-head of Carline Thistle - Minsmere, Suffolk (22.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Larva inside seed-head of Carline Thistle - Minsmere, Suffolk (22.iv.2006) © A Prichard