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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 9-12mm.

Foodplant: Musk Thistle and Spear Thistle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188319651883
Year last recorded20142013201420142014
Number of records6719458710
Number of individuals123214812041
Unique positions281933354
Unique locations281834313
Adult records661840869
Immature records00200

For the county, we have a total of 228 records from 114 sites. First recorded in 1883.


49.285 Epiblema scutulana 02
© Terry Box, 10 Jun 2017
49.285 Epiblema scutulana 01
© Charles Fletcher, 22 May 2002

Species Account

Similar species: 1184a Epiblema cirsiana and 1186 Epiblema sticticana.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and very common throughout all five vice-counties. Moths reared from larvae feeding in a stem of burdock at Denaby Ings in 1977 (Beaumont, 1978b), a hitherto unrecorded foodplant. Larvae of scutulana have been found in burdock stems occasionally since.

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