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1184a ~ Epiblema cirsiana
UK Status

Resident. A common and widespread species found throughout Britain.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2012 at Middletown in the east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F 11-20mm.

Confusion species

E. scutulana, E. sticticana & E. cnicicolana.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine.)


Grassland, Marshes and woodland.


Marsh thistle and common knapweed.

Lifestage data

Stem feeder and root borer. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives and feeds in the root and/or stem. Pupa is brown in a silken cocoon in the upper part of the larval habitation.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 22nd May 2012, Middletown

Photo by DB, 22nd May 2012, Middletown

Photo by GBC, 22nd June 2014, Lake Vyrnwy