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32.013 ~ 0708 ~ Agonopterix carduella
UK Status

Resident. Found locally throughout most of mainland Britain.

Montgomeryshire Status

Several very old records (1960's) from two sites in the north-east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F,14-17mm.

Confusion species

A. nanatella, A. propinquella and A. kuznetzovi.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Warm dry grassy areas.


Common knapweed, spear thistle, creeping thistle, melancholy thistle and burdock spp.

Lifestage data

Leaf mining/spinning. Eggs laid on leaf. Larva initially mines, then feeds externally in web under leaf, rolling leaf downwards. Pupates in detritus or soil.
Montgomeryshire photos