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Time of year - early January to mid January

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View field tip detailsSpecies 949 Aethes dilucidana, (Stephens, 1852)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March
Foodplants Wild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
Tip In winter and early spring collect the stems of wild parsnip for the larvae. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 949 Aethes dilucidana, (Stephens, 1852)
Taxon stage Pupa
Time of year January to March
Foodplants Wild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
Tip The pupae can be obtained from the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 950 Aethes francillana, (Fabricius, 1794)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January
Foodplants Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Tip Small holes in the stems indicate the presence of larvae. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 950 Aethes francillana, (Fabricius, 1794)
Taxon stage Pupa
Time of year January to March
Foodplants Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Tip The pupa can be obtained in the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 948 Aethes margaritana, (Haworth, 1811)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to mid March, November to December
Foodplants Yarrow, Achillea millefolium
Tip The larvae feed in a web among the seedheads in the autumn and winter. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 944 Aethes williana, (Brahm, 1791)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March, October to December
Foodplants Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Tip The 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 detailsSpecies 944 Aethes williana, (Brahm, 1791)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to mid March
Foodplants Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Tip Roots should be collected in the winter months for the larvae. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 779 Bryotropha affinis, (Haworth, 1828)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March, December
Foodplants Moss
Tip The larva are to be found feeding on mosses growing on walls, etc. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1494 Capperia britanniodactyla, (Gregson, 1869)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March
Foodplants Wood-sage, Teucrium scorodonia
Tip The 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 detailsSpecies 658 Carcina quercana, (Fabricius, 1775)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March
Foodplants brambles, Rubus spp.
Tip Look for windowing on bramble leaves, with a white silken web on underside of leaf [J Langmaid per R Edmunds]
Ranking ranking 5
Photographs
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Larval spinning on underside of leaf - Norfolk (2006) © R Edmunds
Windowing of leaves by larva - Norfolk (2006) © R Edmunds
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1316 Catoptria falsella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to mid March
Foodplants Moss
Tip The larvae feed on and among the moss growing on walls, rocks, etc. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 966 Cochylis atricapitana, (Stephens, 1852)
1187 Epiblema costipunctana, (Haworth, 1811)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to February
Foodplants Common Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
Tip Roots dug during the winter will give larvae. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 962 Cochylis roseana, (Haworth, 1811)
1097 Endothenia gentianaeana, (Hübner, 1799)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to April, December
Foodplants Teasel, Dispacus fullonum
Tip Collect the seedheads of teasel and keep in a box; you will breed plenty of the adults. [Tutt]
Ranking ranking 5
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 497 Coleophora badiipennella, (Duponchel, 1843)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to early February, late November to December
Foodplants elms, Ulmus spp.
Tip The 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 detailsSpecies 585 Coleophora maritimella, Newman, 1873
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January, late November to December
Foodplants Sea-rush, Juncus maritimus
Tip During 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 detailsSpecies 1254 Cydia strobilella, Spruce Seed Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to February
Foodplants spruces, Picea spp.
Tip Search the ground under spruce fir-trees for mis-shapen cones, for it is these only that contain the larvae (Elisha). [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1274 Dichrorampha alpinana, (Treitschke, 1830)
1286 Dichrorampha sedatana, Busck, 1906
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to mid March
Foodplants Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare
Tip Roots dug during the winter will give adults later in the year. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 617 Elachista obliquella, Stainton, 1854
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March
Foodplants grasses, Gramineae
Tip Coarse 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 detailsSpecies 1102 Endothenia nigricostana, (Haworth, 1811)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to April
Foodplants Hedge-woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
Tip During the winter, stems of the foodplant should be collected for the larvae. [Tutt]
Detail The withered stems should be collected for the larvae. [Tutt]
Can be bred in numbers by collecting dead stems of the foodplant and enclosing them in any suitable receptable. [Tutt]
From October to April the larvae may be found in the stem and roots, climbing in April into the dried flower-stems, where it pupates just below a joint in the stem. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1183 Epiblema foenella, (Linnaeus, 1758)
1281 Dichrorampha simpliciana, (Haworth, 1811)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to February
Foodplants mugworts, Artemisia spp.
Tip The roots should be collected for larvae. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1183 Epiblema foenella, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March
Foodplants Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris
Tip Where 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 detailsSpecies 649 Esperia sulphurella, (Fabricius, 1775)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to February
Foodplants Wood, dead or rotten (including fungus under bark)
Tip Examine 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 detailsSpecies 1469 Euzophera cinerosella, (Zeller, 1839)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March, October to December
Foodplants Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium
Tip The larvae feed during the winter and spring in the stems and root-stocks of the foodplant. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 395 Glyphipterix haworthana, (Stephens, 1834)
Taxon stage Pupa
Time of year January to mid March
Foodplants cottongrasses, Eriophorum spp.
Common Cottongrass, Eriophorum angustifolium
Hare's-tail Cottongrass, Eriophorum vaginatum
Tip Gather seed-heads during the winter. Adults will be bred from them in June. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 488 Goniodoma limoniella, (Stainton, 1884)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to mid March
Foodplants Common Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
Tip Collect 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 ranking 5
Photographs
488 Goniodoma limoniella
Larval case fixed on stem of sea-lavender at pupation site - Boyton, Suffolk (19.iii.2006) © A Prichard
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 930 Gynnidomorpha alismana, (Ragonot, 1883)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January
Foodplants Water-plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica
Tip Collect 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 detailsSpecies 1481 Homoeosoma sinuella, (Fabricius, 1794)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to March, October to December
Foodplants plantains, Plantago spp.
Tip During the winter months the larvae may be found feeding in the root-stocks of plantain. [Tutt]
Detail They spin cocoons in Marsh, but the larvae do not pupate until May and early June. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 898 Limnaecia phragmitella, Stainton, 1851
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to May, September to December
Foodplants Lesser Bulrush, Typhus angustifolia
Bulrush, Typhus latifolia
Tip The 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 ranking 5
Photographs
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Larva evicted from within seed-head - Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.iii.2006) © A Prichard
Pushed out tufts on bulrush seedheads, a strong indicator of presence of larvae - Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.iii.2006) © A Prichard
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 725 Metzneria aestivella, (Zeller, 1839)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to mid April
Foodplants Carline Thistle, Carlina vulgaris
Tip The larvae may be obtained from the seedheads. [Tutt]
Photographs
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Larva inside seed-head of Carline Thistle - Minsmere, Suffolk (22.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Larva inside seed-head of Carline Thistle - Minsmere, Suffolk (22.iv.2006) © A Prichard
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 724 Metzneria lappella, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year January to February, September to December
Foodplants Greater Burdock, Arctium lappa
Tip Larvae can be obtained in the seed-heads of burdock. [Tutt]
Detail The larva pupates in the seed-head.
Ranking ranking 5
Photographs
724 Metzneria lappella
Larva in seedhead of burdock - Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (25.ii.2006) © A Prichard