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Micropterix aruncella female?

Observed: 18th July 2013 By: Linda SmithLinda Smith’s reputation in InvertebratesLinda Smith’s reputation in Invertebrates
Micropterix aruncella female?
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N metallica on Field scabious

I've taken many photos of males of this moth courting in groups around Field scabious Knautia arvensis and of females egg-laying in the flower heads, as the larvae feed on this species (and other Scabious). There is even a parasitic wasp that visits flower heads to lay eggs as the moth does, and its larvae then attack the moth larvae… http://www.ispotnature.org/node/452863 The antennae also look the right length for a female Nemophora to me.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.