The Moths of Suffolk
1184a Epiblema cirsiana, (Zeller, 1843)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June

Larval foodplants : In the stem and roots of Marsh Thistle (Cirsium palustre) or Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)

Records : Stowmarket (A Aston, viii.1948), Elveden (B Statham, vii.2002)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Morley did not differentiate between E. scutulana and E. cirsiana. Quite a frequent kind among thistles. Copdock, Bentley Woods in June, Trimley marshes, Staverton Thicks in August, Parham Wood in May, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Henham, Lowestoft, Ringsfield, Gorleston. Brandon in July, and Tuddenham.

Aston's Additions : Specimen at light at Stowmarket in August, 1948 which Mr. Wakely determined for me (Trans. XI, pt. II, p. 144). Confused in the 1937 Final Catalogue with 952.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultEpinotia demarniana
Epiblema scutulana
Epiblema cnicicolana

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Confirmed by dissection. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day at rest on Knapweed leaf - Red Lodge, Suffolk (26.v.2013) © Neil Sherman