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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 7-9mm.

Foodplant: Knapweeds spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19471883188318832002
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records17339449132
Number of individuals274423723351
Unique positions272130247
Unique locations282031245
Adult records17238298932
Immature records101310

For the county, we have a total of 379 records from 108 sites. First recorded in 1883.


0727 Metzneria metzneriella 07
© Terry Box, 13 Jul 2013
0726 Metzneria metzneriella 06 ex larva on knapweed
© Andy Nunn
0726 Metzneria metzneriella 05 larva in knapweed seed head
© Andy Nunn
0726 Metzneria metzneriella 04 reared ex larva on Knapweed
© Dave Shenton
0726 Metzneria metzneriella 03 larva
© Derek Parkinson
0726 Metzneria metzneriella 02
© Derek Parkinson
0726 Metzneria metzneriella 01
© Charlie Streets, May 17th 2011.

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Status parallels that of M. lappella (Linnaeus), recorded sparsely in vice-counties 61 to 64 except in the southern part of VC63 where it has been reared widely and commonly from the seed heads of Lesser Knapweed.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 6.6.2002 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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