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49.136 ~ 0965 ~ Cochylis hybridella
UK Status

Resident. A locally common species found in Britain as far north as Cheshire, mainly on areas with limestone or chalk.

Montgomeryshire Status

Rirst recorded in the east of the county in 2011, since then it has been found to be very common locally especially along the railway tracks, which ties in with its limestone association.

Wingspan :   M & F, 12-15mm.

Confusion species

Cochylis dubitana & Cochylis atricapitana.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Favours chalk and limestone areas.


Ox-tongue, hawk's beard.

Lifestage data

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

Photo by PRW, 2nd July 2011, Llanymynech

Photo by DB, 15th July 2011, Middletown