Nematopogon metaxella
Nematopogon metaxella
Adult • Camarthenshire • © Jon Baker

7.014 BF143

Nematopogon metaxella

(Hübner, [1813])

Wingspan c.16 mm.

Distributed in England and South Wales, with a few scattered records in Ireland, this longhorn species is to be found in wooded and damp fenland areas.

The larvae feed, like others in the group, in a case among detritus and leaf-litter on the ground.

The adult moths fly in June and July, sometimes in the afternoons, but also towards dusk. They resemble other Nematopogon species, but have a noticeable dark mark in the centre of the forewing.
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