Metzneria lappella

    Alt Name
    Burdock Neb

    Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. Quite similar to other members of the group, but the light colouration and a dark line in the cilia are distinctive is this species.


    Various habitats, especially areas where the larval foodplant is present.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the seeds of Greater Burdock and pupation takes place in the seedhead.

    UK Status

    Widespread though not particularly common in southern England and in the north of England and Wales. It is scarcer in Scotland and unknown in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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).

    35.056 BF724

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map