The Moths of Suffolk
964 Cochylis dubitana, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, scrub, open woodland, fens and waste ground

Flight Period : Double-brooded; June and mid-July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : In the flower- and seed-heads of Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), hawk's-beards (Crepis), Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea), hawkweeds (Hieracium) and other Compositae

Aston's Additions : Taken at Brandon on 22.vii.1939 by C. Morley and P. J. Burton (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. IV, p. 136). I took one at Stowmarket light on 30.vii.1951 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. X, pt. IV, p. 290). Mr. Chipperfield and I took some at the Aldeburgh House of Mr. and Mrs. Crosby on 8.viii.1959 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. XI, pt. V, p. 416). I took one at Aldeburgh on 28.viii.1958 when visiting Mr. Wilfrid George (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. XI, pt. I, p. 60).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-15mm


Confusion species
    AdultCochylis hybridella
Cochylis atricapitana

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (8.viii.2006) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
40 82 100 12

Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause pupa pupaimago ovalarvapupaimago ovalarvaimago larva larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (29.viii.2018) © Paul Kitchener