Micropterigidae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Monkwood, Worcestershire, 24 May 2016.

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Micropterix tunbergella
Red-barred Gold
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Micropterix mansuetella
Black-headed Gold

Zeller, 18442 / 1.002

Rare resident.

Can be found feeding on pollen in flowers of Ranunculus repens, Valeriana dioica, Crataegus and on flowerheads of Carex pendula in wet rides in ancient deciduous woodland.

Black scales on the head and a subtle fascia separate this species, but beware worn M.calthella where the orange head scales are missing.

Verification Grade Comment: May need photo verification if away from known sites.

Recorded in 8 (6%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 7-9 mm
Flight: May - June
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
20/05/20181VC37 - WorcestershireSO86
09/05/2018+VC37 - WorcestershireSO86
07/05/20172VC37 - WorcestershireSO86
23/05/20166VC37 - WorcestershireSO86
20/05/20166VC37 - WorcestershireSO86
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