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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Ragwort.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188319902001
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records98847707031
Number of individuals2300497311847
Unique positions371328259
Unique locations401327236
Adult records98746686031
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 1206 records from 109 sites. First recorded in 1883.


49.139 Cochylis atricapitana 04
© Andy Nunn
49.139 Cochylis atricapitana 03
© Dave Shenton
49.139 Cochylis atricapitana 02
© Charles Fletcher, 8 Aug 2003
49.139 Cochylis atricapitana 01
© Charles Fletcher, 2 Jul 2004

Species Account

Similar species: Three similar species: 0964 C. dubitana head/palps white, thorax blackish; 0966 C. atricapitana head/palps and thorax blackish; 0965 C. hybridella head/palps and thorax white.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widespread and sometimes locally fairly common in vice-counties 61 to 63 but not recorded from the north-west of the County.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC64. Austwick, 10, 16 & 22.6.1990 (PC); Drax, 25.6.1995 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 15.5.2001 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005: Most frequent in coastal localities with few records from north-west Yorkshire.


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