Eucosma cana

Alternative names
Hoary Bell

Wingspan 15-23 mm. This species is fairly distinctive with its buffish or greyish ground colour and darker longitudinal streaks. The light longitudinal discal streak on the forewing serves to separate darker specimens with indistinct markings from E. hohenwartiana.

Identification difficulty

Rough ground and flower meadows.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing between June and August and fly from late afternoon onwards and come to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowerheads of various types of Thistle and Black Knapweed.

UK Status

Generally common and widely distributed in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

49.265 BF1201

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map