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62.059 ~ 1484 ~ Phycitodes saxicola
UK Status

Resident. A widespread and fairly common species, found mostly in coastal areas of Britain as far north as south-western Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2013 at Middletown in the east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F 14-20mm.

Confusion species

Other Phycitodes Sp.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Favours dry and sandy places.


Various compositae flower heads.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives and feeds within the flower head. Overwinters in a cocoon and pupates in the spring.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 23rd July 2013, Middletown