The Moths of Suffolk
708 Agonopterix carduella, (Hübner, 1817)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Roadside verges and other dry grassy areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to May, hibernating over the winter

Larval foodplants : Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra), Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense), Melancholy Thistle (Cirsium heterophyllum) or burdocks (Arctium)

Records : Knettishall Heath (M Hall, 18.viii.1999)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very rarely seen, possibly general. Beaten from thatch of a Monks Soham arbour in March 1905 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm


Confusion species
    AdultAgonopterix subpropinquella
Agonopterix nanatella
Agonopterix kuznetzovi

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