Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Photo © Dave Appleton,  08/05/2016 - Lolly Moor - male (hindwing checked)

Similar Norfolk Species
Epiblema scutulana
Thistle Bell
Approx Length (c. 10mm) Wingspan (12-20mm)
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Epiblema cirsiana
Knapweed Bell

(Zeller, 1843)1184a / 49.286
Norfolk status

Very similar to E. scutulana. This species was until recently considered to be just a small form of E. scutulana.

Unlike E. scutulana may be found on Common Knapweed.

Male shows dark hindwing separating it from male E. scutulana (which has a pale hindwing), generally smaller and shows less white on the forewing. Female would require gen. det. for confirmation.

First listed in Norfolk by Barrett in 1874. The true status of this species remains uncertain owing to confusion with E. scutulana, which was formerly treated as conspecific.

Confirmed recent records from Catfield (A.Beaumont, 2006), Emily's Wood, Weeting (D.Hipperson, 2011) and Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen (C.Sheppard, 2011). Several in recent years.

Verification Grade Comment: Size and sex essential

Recorded in 31 (42%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Epiblema cirsiana, Foxley Wood 2013 (J Clifton)
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/07/2021128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
02/06/2021227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
31/05/2021227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
29/05/2021227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
28/05/2021128TF72 - Hillington/Houghton
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Wingspan: 12-20mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Marsh Thistle, Common Knapweed
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult

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