Metzneria lappella

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Lepidoptera - Family: Gelechiidae

Metzneria lappella

Common in England and Wales, this moth is only localised in Scotland and not recorded from Northern Ireland.

Metzneria lappella is a small moth with buff-coloured wings marked with darker lines and almost black spots.

The wingspan of Metzneria lappella is around 16 to 20 mm.

The adult moths are nocturnal and on the wing between June and July.


Found throughout the England and Wales but very localised in Scotland


The larvae feed on Greater Burdock seeds and pupation takes place inside the seedheads of the plants.

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

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