The Moths of Suffolk
945 Aethes cnicana, (Westwood, 1854)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Grassland, fens, scrub, waste ground

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to August

Larval foodplants : In the seed-head and stems of thistles (Cirsium)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found among thistles at Benacre and Kessingland (Ctw), Gorleston in May 1934 (D); Thetford (Williams).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm


Confusion species
    AdultAethes rubigana
Aethes smeathmanniana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman

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