The Moths of Suffolk
1097 Endothenia gentianaeana, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread, probably under-recorded

Habitats : Grassland, embankments and rough areas where the foodplant grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : On Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), in the central cavity of the seed-head feeding on the pith

Morley's Final Catalogue : Barham, Rev: W. Kirby, to whom I am indebted for specimens of Antithesia gentianaenana, Hb. (Stephens, Illust. iv, 1834). Not noted here later till after 1890, when 'I once took a great number of the larvae in Dodnash Wood' (Harwood); beaten at Newton Wood in Needham on 30 May 1933 and bred from teasel-heads in Monks-park wood 1936 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultApotomis sauciana
Endothenia oblongana
Endothenia marginana

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Confirmed by gen.det. by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman

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