Endothenia gentianaeana

Alternative names
Teasel Marble

Wingspan 15 to19 mm. This is one of several species of Endothenia in which the adults closely resemble each other, and require dissection of the genitalia for accurate identification.

Identification difficulty

Around Teasel.

When to see it

Adults fly in June and July, usually in the vicinity of teasel (Dipsacus fullonum).

Life History

The larva always feeds singly on the pith in the cavity of a teasel seedhead.

UK Status

In England and Wales, it is commonest in the south and scarcer northwards, but it can be locally abundant in northern England if teasel is plentiful and permanently established; at some localities occupying 100% of the teasel seedheads. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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

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