Cochylis molliculana

Alternative names
Ox-tongue Conch

Forewing length 6 to 8 mm. Head and thorax are yellowish brown mottled darker brown. Forewing is creamy with pale orangey brown and pale greyish brown suffusion, especially before termen; a broad oblique cross band from the dorsum at one half.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats including waste ground, allotments and field margins especially where the larval food plant, Bristly Ox-tongue, is present.

When to see it

Mid May to early October.

Life History

The larval food plant is Bristly Ox-tongue. The species is probably double brooded.

UK Status

A recent colonist, but now well established along the south coast of England and seems to be spreading inland. In the Butterfly Conservation'’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Queniborough record of 18th August 2015 is the first for VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map