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49.12 ~ 0947 ~ Aethes smeathmanniana
UK Status

Resident. Widespread but local throughout the British Isles as far north as south-west Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

First confirmed county record was in 2011 at Llanymynech Rocks (pictured below).

Wingspan :   M & F, 12-18mm.

Confusion species

A. cnicana, A. rubigana and Stenodes straminea.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Wherever foodplant is found.


Knapweed spp. and yarrow seeds.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives and feeds within the flowerhead or seedhead. Pupates in a silken cocoon spun in debris on the ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 2nd July 2011, Llanymynech