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SpeciesTaxon stageFoodplantTime of yearTipRankPhoto
View field tip details Acleris logiana
Imagobirches, Betula spp.
mid February to early AprilAdults are to be found on birch trunks in spring; by sleeving the female on birch trees long series may be bred. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Adaina microdactyla
LarvaHemp-agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
FebruaryExamine dead-stems of the foodplant. If small holes be detected in the sides of the stems they should be carefully cut and examined for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
LarvaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
January to MarchIn winter and early spring collect the stems of wild parsnip for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
PupaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
January to MarchThe pupae can be obtained from the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes francillana
PupaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to MarchThe pupa can be obtained in the stems, little holes in the stems readily denoting their whereabouts. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes margaritana
LarvaYarrow, Achillea millefolium
January to mid March, November to DecemberThe larvae feed in a web among the seedheads in the autumn and winter. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes williana
LarvaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to March, October to DecemberThe larva feeds in the autumn and winter in the stems, eating out the pith and filling the space with frass, still feeding on the dead stems or working back through the frass as late as April and spinning a very slight brownish cocoon in the tightly packed mass of frass in the stem, the moth emerging in June. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes williana
LarvaWild Carrot, Daucus carota
January to mid MarchRoots should be collected in the winter months for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Agonopterix assimilella
LarvaBroom, Cytisus scoparius
February to MarchBushes of the foodplant, frequently found by the rides in woods, etc., will have some of their twigs joined together by a slight web; on pulling them apart the brown larvae will be found. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Aristotelia brizella
LarvaThrift, Armeria maritima
Common Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
February to MarchThe larvae winter in the flower-heads, changing to pupa in April (Schmid). [Meyrick notes larvae as occurring in June-July and again in September-October.] [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Batia unitella
Larvaelms, Ulmus spp.
February to AprilUnder the loose bark of elm-posts and the rails by the side of fields, etc., the dirty blackish larvae may be found living under a slight web, mixed with frass and gnawed wood (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Biselachista cinereopunctella
LarvaGlaucous Sedge, Carex glauca
February to MarchThe beautiful red-spotted larva mines down the leaves in the spring, having apparently wintered in the withered tip of the leaf; it is full-fed in March and almost immediately it quits the mine it fixes itself in the angle of the leaf, and changes to a pupa. [Tutt]
View field tip details Blastodacna atra
Larvaapple, Malus spp.
February to MarchIn early spring sickly-looking buds should be pulled of apple-trees in order to obtain the larvae. The larva mines into the bud in autumn, and in winter is to be found in the alburnum of the bearing spur of the apple. [Tutt]
View field tip details Bryotropha affinis
LarvaMoss
January to March, DecemberThe larva are to be found feeding on mosses growing on walls, etc. [Tutt]
View field tip details Capperia britanniodactyla
LarvaWood-sage, Teucrium scorodonia
January to MarchThe larvae hibernate on the underside of the leaves and have at this time the appearance of little oval tufts of whitish hair. [Tutt]
View field tip details Carcina quercana
Larvabrambles, Rubus spp.
January to MarchLook for windowing on bramble leaves, with a white silken web on underside of leaf [J Langmaid per R Edmunds]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Caryocolum tricolorella
LarvaGreater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
February to AprilLarvae should be sought in spun-together tops of the foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Catoptria falsella
LarvaMoss
January to mid MarchThe larvae feed on and among the moss growing on walls, rocks, etc. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylidia rupicola
LarvaHemp-agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
February to MarchOld and prostrate stems may be gathered for a supply of this species. The stems should be kept out of doors, or any larvae they contain may otherwise perish. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis atricapitana
Epiblema costipunctana
LarvaCommon Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
January to FebruaryRoots dug during the winter will give larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis atricapitana
LarvaCommon Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
February to AprilThe distorted dry stems may be collected in spring for larvae, which live thereon throughout the autumn and winter. Some spin up and pupate within the burrow; others, however, leave the stem to spin up elsewhere. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylis roseana
Endothenia gentianaeana
LarvaTeasel, Dispacus fullonum
January to April, DecemberCollect the seedheads of teasel and keep in a box; you will breed plenty of the adults. [Tutt]ranking 5
View field tip details Coleophora albitarsella
LarvaGround-ivy, Glechoma hederacea
mid February to early May, OctoberExamine the foodplant carefully for leaves showing whitish blotches and search for the larval cases underneath on blotched and nearby leaves. Foodplant growing under the shelter of a bramble-bush or at the foot of a fence among grass are good places to search.ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Coleophora solitariella
LarvaGreater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
February to MayOn the underside of the leaves of the foodplant, the slender larval cases will be found, the larvae having recommenced feeding after their long hibernation (Elisha). [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Commophila aeneana
LarvaCommon Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
FebruaryPull gently the last year's flower-stalks of ragwort, and you will find that when the root contains a larva the stem breaks off readily, leaving a piece about two inches high, which is slightly webbed over the hole that leads down to the root. Dig up the roots, plant in pots or boxes, and bring indoors in May. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cosmiotes stabilella
Larvabents, Agrostis spp.
Tall Fescue, Festuca arundinacea
February to May, JulyThe larvae mine the leaves of the foodplant growing on chalk, and may be found in February in the brown withered tips of the leaves, from which they make pale yellow mines to the stem, pupating in April at the base of the blade, under an oval-shaped web (Warren). [Tutt]
View field tip details Cydia strobilella
Larvaspruces, Picea spp.
January to FebruarySearch the ground under spruce fir-trees for mis-shapen cones, for it is these only that contain the larvae (Elisha). [Tutt]
View field tip details Dahlica inconspicuella
Dahlica lichenella
LarvaLichens
February to MarchThe cases on lichen-covered tree-trunks, fences, etc., should be collected as soon as they are ready for pupation. [Tutt]
View field tip details Dichrorampha alpinana
Dichrorampha sedatana
LarvaTansy, Tanacetum vulgare
January to mid MarchRoots dug during the winter will give adults later in the year. [Tutt]
View field tip details Elachista obliquella
Larvagrasses, Gramineae
January to MarchCoarse grasses growing by hedgesides sometimes show very evident signs of mining; these mines usually contain the dark green larvae of this species (Elisha). [Tutt]

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