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49.265 ~ 1201 ~ Eucosma cana
UK Status

Resident. Widely distributed and generally common throughout the British Isles as far north as Sutherland.

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 15-23mm.

Confusion species

E. hohenwartiana.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Chalk downs, meadows and waysides.


Black knapweed and thistle spp.

Lifestage data

Flower/seed feeder. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives in flowerheads and seedheads feeding on developing seeds and pith. Pupates in a silken cocoon amongst leaf litter or in the soil.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 13th July 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by DB, 15th July 2011, Middletown

Photo by PB, 15th July 2011, Morben ISAF