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Approx Length (c. 8mm) Wingspan (12-16mm)
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Cochylis atricapitana
Black-headed Conch

(Stephens, 1852)966 / 49.139

Morley’s Final Catalogue: By no means uncommon among ragwort. At light in Ipswich during 1901 (Pyett); Bentley in 1934 (Whit.), Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw), Newbourn, and common on Sizewell denes in August 1932 (Mly); Southwold, Benacre, Lowestoft. Euston, Elveden and Brandon.

Recent Status: One of Suffolk’s commonest moth species.

Life Style: A double brooded species that comes to light. It can be found from April to September. The larvae feed on Senecio jacobaea. The first brood on the flowers and flower stalks the second on stem and rootstock where it hibernates fully fed. They pupate in a cocoon in the larval habitation.

Identification: An off white or cream coloured species with black and brown markings. This species has a blackish head, thorax and base of the costa. It is patterned with dark scales centrally and along the termen and at the apex with a specific pattern.

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2021125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/09/2021126TL88 - Thetford
06/09/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
02/09/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
30/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 12-16mm
Flight: Two Generations
April-June, July-Sept
Foodplant:   Ragwort
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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