Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Similar Suffolk Species
Epiblema cirsiana
Knapweed Bell
Approx Length (c. 11.5mm) Wingspan (18-23mm)
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Epiblema scutulana
Thistle Bell

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1184 / 49.285

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Quite a frequent kind among thistles. Copdock, Bentley Woods in June, Trimley marshes, Staverton Thicks in August, Parham Wood in May, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Henham, Lowestoft, Ringsfield, Gorleston. Brandon in July, and Tuddenham.

Recent Status: A common species in Suffolk especially on the coast.

Life Style: A double brooded species that flies from May to September. The larvae feed in the stem and roots of Carduus nutans, Cirsium palustre and C. vulgare. They hibernate and pupate in the larval habitation.

Identification: The males of this species are easily recognised from the large areas of white on the wing. The females are less easily separated from E. cirsiana and records for individual females where males are not recorded must be supported by genitalia dissection if they do not show the extensive white areas. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Size and sex essential

Recorded in 28 (48%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1984.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/05/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
15/05/2020126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
09/05/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
06/08/2019125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
02/08/2019125TM44 - Orford Ness
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Wingspan: 18-23mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Musk Thistle, Spear Thistle
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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