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 2020. Additional Stats