Species: Common Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana)

Family: Metalmark moths (CHOREUTIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: Widespread

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Metalmark moths (CHOREUTIDAE)

Metalmark moths are found worldwide. They are grouped as a family according to characteristics of the larvae and pupae, rather than those of the adults. Most are daytime moths that a have jerky, pirouetting flight behaviour.

C. Common Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana)

These moths are often found flying around Stinging Nettles. They have a wingspan of between 10 and 15 millimetres. Their larval food plant is the nettle.


Common Nettle-tap

Their larval food plant of the Common Nettle-tap moth is the nettle, although this individual was photographed on an Oxeye Daisy.

(Photo credit: Stuart MA Ball.)