Micropterix mansuetella

Black-headed Pollen-moth


Species Codes

B&F 2 RES 1.002

Other Names

Black-headed Gold

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Species Account

Rare in Kent. Only a handful of records in total and only five from this century, from Hoad’s Wood (near Ashford) and Church Wood, Blean, where several hundred were observed. ""Targeted daytime searches in May could prove fruitful in finding new localities.

Adult has distinctive metallic ground colour with black head tufts.


Frequents wet woodland, carrs, fens and marshes.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

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Reporting Rate

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Photo Gallery

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