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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Aug.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Flower and seed-heads of various foodplants, including Teasel, Ribwort Plantain, Betony and Yellow Ratlle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19042005198020091883
Year last recorded20132005201520131883
Number of records624031
Number of individuals604040
Unique positions512321
Unique locations512121
Adult records523530
Immature records00500

For the county, we have a total of 52 records from 30 sites. First recorded in 1883.


49.188 Endothenia marginana 02 reared ex larva in teasel
© Dave Shenton
49.188 Endothenia marginana 01
© Charlie Streets, 20 Apr 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Records are thinly distributed across the County although there is none from VC64. There appears to be some confusion with the previous species in the older records, a record from Cloughton moor (VC62), 'larvae in seed heads of scabious' (Wilkinson, 1868) may refer to E. oblongana (Haworth). Certainly the present species is widespread in VC63 where it is frequently reared from seed heads of teasel, but investigation of its status elsewhere in the County is desirable. and often common in lower areas and occasional elsewhere in all five vice-counties.

Argus 58, 2009: Although this is a widely distributed and, at least in the south of the county, common moth these are the first records from VC64.
VC64. Ledsham, 14.8.2009 (JTR); Rodley NR, 2009 (PM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.


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