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Scientific name:  Micropterix calthella

Size:  5 to 7mm.  Wingspan approximately 10mm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  May to July

Habitat:  Gardens, parks, meadows, fields and woodland rides

Food:  Pollen.  The caterpillars feed on honeysuckle

Special features:  Flower moths have metallic bronze coloured wings with purple patches where they meet the body.  They have a tiny orange coloured tuft of hair on the top of their heads.

Flower moths fly by day and are often seen in large groups on spring flowers in May and June.  They're particularly fond of buttercups.

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