The Moths of Suffolk
698 Agonopterix kaekeritziana, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Roadside verges, downland and other open grassy areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to September

Larval foodplants : Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) or Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa)

Records : Minsmere (C Anderson, 1995), Elveden (S Dumican, 24.viii.2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A frequent knapweed-feeder. Beside the Gipping at Ipswich (Pyett), rarely at Monks Soham light during August (Mly), Southwold (Bloomf.), Homersfield (Ctw). On the Breck at Worlington.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-23mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAgonopterix bipunctosa
Agonopterix pallorella

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Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (2.vii.2010) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Las Descargues, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman