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49.127 ~ 0945 ~ Aethes cnicana
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and fairly common throughout most of the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Fairly common throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 14-17mm.

Confusion species

A. rubigana.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Wherever foodplant is found.


Thistle spp.

Lifestage data

Stem miner. Eggs laid on flower. Larva first feeds on seeds then bores into the stem feeding on the pith. Pupates in dead stems of the foodplant.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 2nd July 2009, Llanfyllin