Phycitodes saxicola

    Alt Name
    Small Clouded Knot-horn
    Description

    Wingspan about 17mm. Part of a complex of three very similar species occurring in Britain, this is generally the smallest. To be certain of the identification of adults, reference to the genitalic structure is advised.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    P. saxicola feeds on various other Compositae flower heads, including chamomile (Anthemis species). Plants on dry substrate, e.g. on walls, dry banks, or old sand dunes, seem to be favoured.

    When to see it

    Flies in one generation between June and August.

    Life History

    The striped larvae are found on ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) flowers and seedheads.

    UK Status

    The species is generally widespread, most commonly in coastal habitats. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    62.059 BF1484

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map