Micropterix calthella

Plain Pollen-moth


Species Codes

B&F 5 RES 1.005

Other Names

Plain Gold

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Species Account

The most numerous and widespread of the Micropterigidae in Kent. 

Found mostly in damp woodland and woodland rides & clearings, where it can often be seen swarming on flowers of a wide range plants, in particular buttercups (Ranunculus spp.) and sedges (Carex spp.). Look closely for Cocksfoot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella) which is often found on these flowers at the same time.

Adults have metallic bronze forewings with a purple blotch at the base and noticeable orange head tufts.


Damp woodland and woodland rides and clearings

Record Verification

Grade 2 adults can be confused with other species, so good quality photographs or possibly a specimen will be required if the recorder is not familiar with the species.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email mothsinkent@gmail.com. Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

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