The Moths of Suffolk
966 Cochylis atricapitana, (Stephens, 1852)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common, primarily Brecks and Sandlings

Habitats : Grassland, fens, scrub, heathland, open woodland and coastal habitats

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

Larval foodplants : In the flower- and seed-heads, lower stem and roots of Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means uncommon among ragwort. At light in Ipswich during 1901 (Pyett); Bentley in 1934 (Whit.), Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw), Newboum, and common on Sizewell denes in August 1932 (Mly); Southwold, Benacre, Lowestoft. Euston, Elveden and Brandon.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultCochylis dubitana
Cochylis hybridella

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Maidscross Hill, Suffolk (19.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
7 100 51 91 70 5

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman