Cochylis hybridella

Alternative names
White-bodied Conch

Wingspan 12 to15 mm. This species has a whitish thorax when fresh, which can be used to separate it from similar Cochylis species.

Identification difficulty

Usually found in chalky districts.

When to see it

Flying in July and August, the moths are on the wing from dusk onwards.

Life History

The larvae feed within the seedheads of ox-tongue or hawk's-beard.

UK Status

Occurring mainly in southern England north to Cheshire and in Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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