Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Photo © David Wilton,  Reared from teasel head collected at Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks Feb 2016 (adult emerged 20 Jun 2016, gen det)

Immature stages

Similar Upper Thames Species
Endothenia oblongana
Approx Length (c. 9.5mm) Wingspan (15-19mm)
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Endothenia gentianaeana

(Hübner, 1799)49.186

Widespread and fairly common across our region, wherever the larval food-plant is found. Larvae over-winter in seed-heads of Teasel Dipsacus fullonum and this is often the easiest way to obtain records because the adults, although usually larger than other similar Endothenia species, require dissection to separate. Larvae should be inspected closely to confirm that they have a dark brown head capsule and no anal comb. This separates them from larvae of Endothenia marginana which can also use Teasel (their head capsule is black and they do have an anal comb).

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 39 (50%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1922.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Foodplant:   Teasel
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
16/10/20221VC22 - BerkshireSU58 -
17/07/20222VC23 - OxfordshireSP33
09/06/2022+VC24 - BuckinghamshireSP84
18/04/20221VC22 - BerkshireSU77 -
14/01/20221VC23 - OxfordshireSP31 -
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