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Cochylis hybridella
White-bodied Conch
Approx Length (c. 7mm) Wingspan (12-14mm)
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Cochylis molliculana
Ox-tongue Conch

(Zeller, 1874)964a / 49.138

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: The first British record was in 1993. The first Suffolk record is believed to have been in 2011. It has since become quite common.

Life Style: A double brooded species that flies at night and comes to light. The larvae feed in the flowers and seed heads of Helminthotheca echioides. The autumn generation hibernate in a cocoon on the ground in which they pupate. The summer generation pupate in the flower head.

Identification: This species is overall browner than most other Cochylis species. The palps are usually a clear brown. The head and thorax are a mix of colours. There is a dorsal mark and two quadrate marks on the costa one at the base and one centrally. The terminal third is well marked with specific marks along the termen.

Recorded in 24 (41%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2011.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/06/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
23/06/2020+25TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
20/06/2020+25TM37 - Halesworth
19/06/2020+25TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
19/06/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Wingspan: 12-14mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Bristly Oxtongue
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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