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49.127 (BF945)

Thistle Conch   

Aethes cnicana
Adult: 2
Resident. Common.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae: September- April, first eating the seeds and then boring into the stem and eating the pith. Hibernates in the stem.  Adults: May-August.

Larval foodplants



The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, on 26th June 1943 by F. W. Smith, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found in Southwick Burn Wood on 9th July 1996, with the Wigtownshire first being found in The Forest in late June 1989 by E. F. Hancock.

121 record(s) from 39 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 2022 2022
49.127 Aethes Cnicana
49.127 Aethes Cnicana
49.127 Aethes Cnicana49.127 Aethes Cnicana

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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