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Antispila metallella
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([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)158 / 6.001

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

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

Pseudopostega crepusculella  |  Antispila petryi >

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/08/2020125TM17 - Eye/Hoxne
21/07/2018+26TL94 - Lavenham/Boxford
14/09/2001+25TM14 - Ipswich
21/08/2001+26TL74 - Kedington/Clare
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 8-9mm.
Flight: May.
Foodplant:   Dogwood.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2  Mine: A
 Immature Adult
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