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17.015 ~ 0252 ~ Ochsenheimeria urella ~ Variable Stem-moth
UK Status

Resident. Widely distributed throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Found in a few scattered sites throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 9-12mm.

Confusion species

O. mediopectinellus.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Wherever the foodplant is found.


Brome and probably other grasses.

Lifestage data

Leaf/stem miner. Eggs laid in small batches on the foodplant. Larva first mines leaves then bores into stems. Pupates in a white cocoon spun between the leaves of the foodplant.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 19th Aug 2015, Middletown