Recent Status: An occasional species across Suffolk. This is a species that has been extending its range slowly in Britain over the last 100 years.
Life Style: A double brooded species that flies at night and can be found from May through to September. The larvae feed in the terminal shoot of Inula conyzae. The young larvae hibernate.
Identification:Hellinsia and Adaina species require careful examination for identification of the adult moth. H. carphodactyla has the entire body and forewings a pale lemon yellow. The wing span ranges 17 to 24 mm. There is a scattering of dark scales, primarily basally and absent on the second lobe. There is a small spot at the cleft and one just beyond this on the costa. There is a single spot on the dorsum of the first lobe and three on the dorsum of the second lobe. The costal cilia of the first lobe are white but grey as they turn around the apex onto the dorsum. If there is any doubt then genitalia dissection is required. More Info
Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2004. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats