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49.097 (BF936)

Straw Conch   

Cochylimorpha straminea
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Comes to light

Life cycle

Larvae: July-August, September-May.  In summer, in the upper stem under a flower-head, eating young seeds.  In spring in the stems of shoots, turning the tips brown.  Adults: May-July, August-September.

Larval foodplants

Common Knapweed.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was published in Stephens (1834) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills, Dumfriesshire, the seat of the Earls of Annandale, while the first for Wigtownshire was found near Monreith during July 1899 by K. J. Morton, specimen at National Museums Scotland, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Mersehead RSPB on 20th July 1996 during a ‘Grey Daggers’ Moth Group field meeting.

19 record(s) from 14 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2015 1979

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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