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0697 ~ Agonopterix arenella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout Britain, except the far north of Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

Common. Recorded throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F,16-22mm.

Confusion species

Fairly distinctive.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Most habitats.


Thistle spp., knapweed spp., burdock spp. and saw-wort.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner/spinning. Eggs laid on a leaf. Larva first mines a leaf, it later feeds in a web under the leaf. Pupates in detritus or the soil.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 21st Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 27th Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 15th Aug 2006, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 6th Apr 2010, Llanfyllin