Lepidoptera

Outer Hebrides


Aethes cnicana Westwood, 1854
Thistle Conch

Family: Tortricidae
Checklist Number: 49.127

Rare with not too many records to date but should prove to be more common as the food plant is widespread. Can be confused with Aethes rubigana. Found from June to July

The larvae feed on the seeds of thistles Cirsium before entering the stem where they pupate

Aethes cnicana
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