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Commophila aeneana
Orange Conch (Hübner, 1800)
Tortricidae: Tortricinae
952 / 49.113
Photo © Steve Babbs,  29/05/2020 - Shotley

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Wingspan: 13-17mm
Flight: May to July
Foodplant:   Ragwort (roots)
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: Rare in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded cochylid that flies around sunset and can be found during the daytime on the larval foodplant during May, June and July. The larvae feed on the rootstock of Senecio jacobaea. They hibernate in the stem prior to pupation in the year following oviposition.

Identification: A strikingly coloured moth that cannot be mistaken. The bright orange, with yellow and black with metallic reflections is well camouflaged on the flowers. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1948.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/06/2020326TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
29/05/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
02/07/2019126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
24/06/2019726TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
09/06/20191026TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
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