Morley’s Final Catalogue: Very common everywhere from Monks Soham fly-trap (Mly) to Tuddenham on plantain (Sparke). Gorleston (D).
Recent Status: A common species that is probably under-recorded.
Life Style: A single brooded summer flying species. The larvae initially mine a leaf. After hibernation they feed on a variety of mostly herbaceous plants from spinnings in which they pupate.
Identification: This species can only reliably be identified from dissection of the genitalia. More Info It is one of the earlier summer flying species. Within the grey British Cnephasia species only two can be reliably identified without examination of the genitalia. C. communana flies early in the year so that any Cnephasia found during April or early May will be C. communana. C. pumicana is a small species that is very pale slightly brownish grey and very lightly marked such that the distal edge of the central band fades into the pale background colour. No other species is so small and lightly marked.
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Recorded in 19 (33%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1987. Last Recorded in 2018. Additional Stats