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Burdock Seedhead Moth (Metzneria lappella)

The Burdock Seedhead Moth (Metzneria Lappella — Hodges #1685) is a member of the Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths) family.

They are tiny little creatures, not easy to photograph with my basic equipment. Here you see him sitting on my finger, I apologize for the view.

When their wings are open you can see the heavy fringe at the edge of both the upper and the hind wings.

I found this Common Burdock plant in my own backyard. The larva of the Burdock Seedhead Moth feeds on the developing seedheads.

The hooked tips of the involucral bracts (I’m assuming that means the little hook thingys) of burdock were the inspiration for Velcro,” says Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, a book that came highly recommended to me from the Godseys of the Friends of Seminary Hill (Centralia) fame. The book has been invaluable in helping me to identify the plants in my own backyard. I highly recommend it too.

About Kimberly Mason

Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and outdoors columnist. When she's not out chasing a story, you'll find her at work in one her three main offices — her big backyard, the Cowlitz River, or the recliner in her living room. She has four grown children and is owned by a Labrador retriever, Buddy the WonderDog. Email kim@almostdailynews.com or call 360-269-5017.
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