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Kent Moth Group


Micropterix calthella

Plain Gold

Family: Micropterigidae

RES: 1.005 B&F: 5

Verification Grade (Adult):

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.

Habitat: Damp woodland and woodland rides and clearings

Flight Season: late April to early July

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Micropterix calthella (Plain Gold) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

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