Life Style: The moth flies in sunshine during April, May and June. The larvae form a blotch mine with a very short initial gallery in Cornus sanguinea. More Info They pupate in a oval cut out from the edge of the blotch which falls to the ground.
Identification:A. metallella is the larger of the two Antispila found in Suffolk at 7 to 9 mm wingspan. The forewing is a dark coppery brown with a slight purple sheen. It has a pale golden fascia in the basal half and two pale golden spots that are staggered in the distal half. They hold their wings flat against the body in a tent-like fashion. The antennae are two thirds the wing length and the palps very short. More Info The larvae can be separated from A. petryi by a measurement of the long axis of the oval cut out at 5.5 to 7 mm. For A. petryi this is 4 to 5.5 mm
Verification Grade Comment: As long as mine size is measured
Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2001. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats