Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Dunwich, 27 June 2017

Similar Suffolk Species
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Bright Bell
Approx Length (c. 11.5mm) Wingspan (15-23 mm.)
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Eucosma cana
Hoary Bell

(Haworth, 1811)1201 / 49.265

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Common among thistles. Bentley Woods (Pyett); Ipswich, Hollesley, Southwold, Beccles; Tuddenham, Brandon.

Recent Status: A very common species across Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from May to September. The larvae feed on the seeds and pith inside the flower heads of Cirsium vulgare, Carduus and Centaurea nigra. They hibernate in a cocoon on the ground where they pupate.

Identification: The moth is a larger Eucosma species with relatively narrow wings. They are variably coloured and patterned but distinctively show longitudinal striping. The ocellus may have black marks.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1965.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/08/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
07/08/2021125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
31/07/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
28/07/2021125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
28/07/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Wingspan: 15-23 mm.
Flight: June and August (May)
Foodplant:   Thistle and Black Knapweed.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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