Antispila metallella

Alt Name
Four-spot Lift
Description

Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. A small bronzy metallic species with paler metallic markings.

Habitat

Areas where the larval foodplant is found.

When to see it

The adults fly in the daytime during May, preferring sunny weather.

Life History

The larvae make blotch-mines in leaves of the foodplant, Dogwood and when fully grown, cut out a small oval to form a pupating case. The combination of mine and cut-out is very distinctive.

UK Status

This species is locally distributed throughout most of England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
6.001 BF158

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map