The Moths of Suffolk
696 Agonopterix propinquella, (Treitschke, 1835)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Open grassy areas, waste ground and other habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded, September to July

Larval foodplants : Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) or Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense). On the continent also reported from Carduus, Arctium, Centaurea and Serratula

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not very frequent. for a thistle-feeder. Rarely in Bentley Woods during March, and at Monks Soham light in Feb.-March 1921-36 (Mly); Leiston (Grey).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 16-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgonopterix subpropinquella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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East Bergholt, Suffolk (3.vii.2010) © A Prichard
Found after dark on Ivy blossom - Purdis Farm, Suffolk (30.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman