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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-June

Forewing: 2.5-4.5mm.

Foodplant: Liverworts, detritus

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded187719951877
Year last recorded200820022008
Number of records41286
Number of individuals47310966
Unique positions37278
Unique locations33270
Adult records17136
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 86 records from 70 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1877.


0004 Micropterix aruncella 03 female
© Jamie McMillan
0004 Micropterix aruncella 02 male
© Jamie McMillan
0004 Micropterix aruncella 01 male
© Jamie McMillan

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.
For information on genitalia determination refer to Lepidoptera Dissection Group 2013 website for male

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