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Similar West Midlands Species
Aethes rubigana
Burdock Conch
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Approx Length (c. 8.5mm) Wingspan (14-17 mm)
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Aethes cnicana
Thistle Conch

(Westwood, 1854)945 / 49.127

Fairly common but local resident.

Cirsium spp., especially C. palustre on wet commons and woodland rides, with larva feeding at first on the seeds and then in the stem, where it hibernates.

Recorded in 81 (58%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 14-17 mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Thistles
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
06/08/20201VC40 - ShropshireSO57
02/07/20201VC40 - ShropshireSJ41
25/06/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
25/06/20201VC40 - ShropshireSO49
19/05/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
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