Morley's Final Catalogue: Quarrelsomely jostling each other for the possession of every marsh-marigold and cuckoo flower throughout the County in May.
Recent Status: A commonly recorded species in Suffolk. It is the most evident species owing to their feeding, often in numbers, on brightly coloured flowers such as buttercups.
Life Style: Single brooded and found from April to June. Micropterix adults have jaws and feed on pollen. Their life cycles are not well known and it is often quoted that the larvae feed on tender growth of herbaceous plants. The moths are day flying.
Identification:M. calthella has an orange head and deep bronze golden forewings. Male and female are similarly coloured and have the base of the forewings purple. This contrasts with female M. aruncella where only the costa base is purple. More Info
Recorded in 27 (47%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1977. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats