The Moths of Suffolk
690 Agonopterix cnicella, (Treitschke, 1832)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Sandhills

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late June to July

Larval foodplants : Sea-holly (Eryngium maritimum). On the continent also reported from Field Eryngo (Eryngium campestre)

Records : Thorpeness (S Wakely & J M Chalmers-Hunt, 4-18.vii.1964; G C Pelham-Clinton & R M Mere, 10-13.vii.1965), Landguard (N Odin, 1997)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Attached to sea-holly Eryngium maritimum, which is common along much of our coast. A pupa swept before 1890 at Southwold, where later about a score were bred from fair numbers of larvae and pupae (Ctw, Barrett). Suffolk is the limit of its range.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgonopterix heracliana
Agonopterix ciliella

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