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49.286 ~ 1184a ~ Epiblema cirsiana ~ Knapweed Bell
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.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 22nd May 2012, Middletown

Photo by DB, 22nd May 2012, Middletown

Photo by GBC, 22nd June 2014, Lake Vyrnwy