Main: (Gelechiidae / Anomologinae)
35.059 [B&F: 0727a] Metzneria aprilella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)

 

Nationally scarce (Nb) on grassland, mainly calcareous, and waste ground throughout south-eastern England. In Hampshire the species' stronghold is on Portsdown Hill, with a small population around Leckford. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 15-18 mm. Has been confused with M. neuropterella in the past, but is generally smaller, with forewing suffused orange-vermilion, a colour not found in that species, and lacks the pale area containing a stigma at the distal end of the cell (MBGBI Vol 4 part 2). Larva feeds within seedheads of Greater Knapweed, over-wintering in a silken chamber.

Flightime guide
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Records Received By Year

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

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Detail records

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC8 Wiltshire (Hants county)
Martin Down (SU01)27-Jun-2009oneCommber, R; Bloss, J et alAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Portsdown (SU60)10-Jan-1981-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DH; Sterling, PHLarval
Portsdown (SU60)03-Apr-1989-Dickson, RJ-
Portsdown (SU60)04-Mar-1990-Langmaid, JR; Heckford, RJLarval
Sparsholt (SU43)1992oneDobson, AHAdult
Sparsholt (SU43)1992oneDobson, AHAdult
Portsdown (SU60)29-Jan-1997-Langmaid, JR; Thirlwell, IRLarval
Portsdown (SU60)29-Jan-1997-Langmaid, JR; Thirlwell, IRLarval
Portsdown (SU60)29-Jan-1997-Langmaid, JR; Thirlwell, IRLarval
Winchester (SU43)18-Jul-2002oneCloyne, JAdult
West Meon (SU62)29-May-2014oneDickson, RJAdult
West Meon (SU62)24-Jun-2014fourOpie, MAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Chilbolton (SU43)28-Dec-1980-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DH, PH & MJLarval
Leckford (SU33)15-Jul-2002oneLangmaid, JR; Elliott, BAdult
Cholderton Lodge (SU24)27-Jun-2009oneWall, MJ; Norriss, TJAdult
Old Burghclere (SU45)09-Jul-2010oneDennis, GJAdult
Weston Colley (SU53)26-Jun-2012oneGreen, DGAdult
Old Burghclere (SU45)26-Jun-2013oneDennis, GJAdult
Magdalen Hill Down (SU52)21-Jul-2015oneAlison, JAdult
Monxton (SU34)10-Jun-201615Norriss, TJ; Fomison, L; Johnson, MAdult

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