Cosmopterigidae: Cosmopteriginae

0896 (ABH34.007) Cosmopterix orichalcea, Stainton, 1861



General Information

This species has a distinctive large triangular golden metallic spot on its forewings.

Wingspan: 8-10mm
Foodplant(s): Reed Canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), Sweet Vernal-grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum), Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea), Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Millet (Panicum miliaceum), Holy Grass (Hierochloa borealis)
Flying: One generation, May-August
National status: Proposed Red Data Book


Fens, wet woodland, ditches and stream banks.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in

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 Photo © David Griffiths

Proposed Red Data Book