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SpeciesTaxon stageFoodplantTime of yearTipRankPhoto
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
LarvaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
January to MarchIn winter and early spring collect the stems of wild parsnip for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
PupaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
January to MarchThe pupae can be obtained from the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes francillana
LarvaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
JanuarySmall holes in the stems indicate the presence of larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes francillana
PupaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to MarchThe pupa can be obtained in the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes margaritana
LarvaYarrow, Achillea millefolium
January to mid March, November to DecemberThe larvae feed in a web among the seedheads in the autumn and winter. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes williana
LarvaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to March, October to DecemberThe larva feeds in the autumn and winter in the stems, eating out the pith and filling the space with frass, still feeding on the dead stems or working back through the frass as late as April and spinning a very slight brownish cocoon in the tightly packed mass of frass in the stem, the moth emerging in June. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes williana
LarvaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to mid MarchRoots should be collected in the winter months for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Bryotropha affinis
LarvaMoss
January to March, DecemberThe larva are to be found feeding on mosses growing on walls, etc. [Tutt]
View field tip details Capperia britanniodactyla
LarvaWood-sage, Teucrium scorodonia
January to MarchThe larvae hibernate on the underside of the leaves and have at this time the appearance of little oval tufts of whitish hair. [Tutt]
View field tip details Carcina quercana
Larvabrambles, Rubus spp.
January to MarchLook for windowing on bramble leaves, with a white silken web on underside of leaf [J Langmaid per R Edmunds]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Catoptria falsella
LarvaMoss
January to mid MarchThe larvae feed on and among the moss growing on walls, rocks, etc. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis atricapitana
Epiblema costipunctana
LarvaCommon Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
January to FebruaryRoots dug during the winter will give larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis roseana
Endothenia gentianaeana
LarvaTeasel, Dispacus fullonum
January to April, DecemberCollect the seedheads of teasel and keep in a box; you will breed plenty of the adults. [Tutt]ranking 5
View field tip details Coleophora badiipennella
Larvaelms, Ulmus spp.
January to early February, late November to DecemberThe cases may be found throughout the winter on the lower twigs of elm-trees and the upper twigs of elm-bushes. The particular elms may be noted and the larvae gathered in spring. [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora maritimella
LarvaSea-rush, Juncus maritimus
January, late November to DecemberDuring the winter months the cases are to be obtained from the seed-heads. The larvae form their cases in the seed capsules and are difficult to discover unless they are rubbed off the plant over paper, when those tenanted by larvae will be seen walking away (Moncreaff). [Tutt]
View field tip details Cydia strobilella
Larvaspruces, Picea spp.
January to FebruarySearch the ground under spruce fir-trees for mis-shapen cones, for it is these only that contain the larvae (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Dichrorampha alpinana
Dichrorampha sedatana
LarvaTansy, Tanacetum vulgare
January to mid MarchRoots dug during the winter will give adults later in the year. [Tutt]
View field tip details Elachista obliquella
Larvagrasses, Gramineae
January to MarchCoarse grasses growing by hedgesides sometimes show very evident signs of mining; these mines usually contain the dark green larvae of this species (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Endothenia nigricostana
LarvaHedge-woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
January to AprilDuring the winter, stems of the foodplant should be collected for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Epiblema foenella
Dichrorampha simpliciana
Larvamugworts, Artemisia spp.
January to FebruaryThe roots should be collected for larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Epiblema foenella
LarvaMugwort, Artemisia vulgaris
January to MarchWhere the stems are broken off and the holes in the centre covered with silk, the larvae may be judged to be present in the roots. The adults are easily reared from potted roots. [Tutt]
View field tip details Esperia sulphurella
LarvaWood, dead or rotten (including fungus under bark)
January to FebruaryExamine dead and decaying wood, and search under rotten bark for the larvae. Many species of Oecophora also feed in this manner and their larvae should be obtained at the same time (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Euzophera cinerosella
LarvaWormwood, Artemisia absinthium
January to March, October to DecemberThe larvae feed during the winter and spring in the stems and root-stocks of the foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Glyphipterix haworthana
Pupacottongrasses, Eriophorum spp.
Common Cottongrass, Eriophorum angustifolium
Hare's-tail Cottongrass, Eriophorum vaginatum
January to mid MarchGather seed-heads during the winter. Adults will be bred from them in June. [Tutt]
View field tip details Goniodoma limoniella
LarvaCommon Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
January to mid MarchCollect the stems of sea-lavender for the larvae. The larvae feed on the flowers, eating out one of the petals and using it as a case, in which the larva moves about till full-fed in December, then, crawling down the stem it eats its way inside, covering up the small hole with a slight web, soon after which the case drops off (Elisha). [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Gynnidomorpha alismana
LarvaWater-plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica
JanuaryCollect bundles of flower stems, stand them out of doors till May, then put into cage, and adults will emerge from June to August. [Tutt]
View field tip details Homoeosoma sinuella
Larvaplantains, Plantago spp.
January to March, October to DecemberDuring the winter months the larvae may be found feeding in the root-stocks of plantain. [Tutt]
View field tip details Limnaecia phragmitella
LarvaLesser Bulrush, Typhus angustifolia
Bulrush, Typhus latifolia
January to May, September to DecemberThe larva feeds in the heads of bulrush from September to May, secreting itself in the woolly down, where it is about as easy to find as a needle in a bundle of hay; the down itself hangs out in the spring in large conspicuous masses. [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Metzneria aestivella
LarvaCarline Thistle, Carlina vulgaris
January to mid AprilThe larvae may be obtained from the seedheads. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Metzneria lappella
LarvaGreater Burdock, Arctium lappa
January to February, September to DecemberLarvae can be obtained in the seed-heads of burdock. [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos

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