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SpeciesTaxon stageFoodplantTime of yearTipRankPhoto
View field tip details Lilac Beauty
LarvaWild Privet, Ligustrum vulgare
Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
Lilac, Syringa vulgaris
May, September to OctoberThe larvae hibernates small and may be found on its foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Pebble Hook-tip
Larvaalders, Alnus spp.
birches, Betula spp.
September to OctoberThe larva is common on birch and alder. The work of the larva is conspicuous on alder owing to its bending the sides of the leaves upwards with a few silk strands. If not within this tent, it may usually be found on the upperside of some neighbouring leaf. [Tutt]
View field tip details Acleris lorquiniana
LarvaPurple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria
June, OctoberIt may be bred in abundance from flower-heads collected in October, and from shoots of the same plant found in June. [Tutt]
View field tip details Acroclita subsequana
LarvaPortland Spurge, Euphorbia portlandica
September to OctoberThe larvae are common in September and October on the foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Adaina microdactyla
LarvaHemp-agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum
September to OctoberThe autumnal and winter larvae feed in the stems directly below the flower-bearing pedicels. Many of the affected plants can be at once distinguished from the dwarfing of the central head of blossoms, caused by the attack of the larva on the terminal portion of the stem being made when it was very tender, so that the side-bunches over-reach it; when the stem is attacked lower down, where it is harder, the blossom is not affected (Bignell). [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Aethes dilucidana
LarvaWild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
OctoberCollect upper two-thirds of stems of wild parsnip. Tie in bundles and suspend out-of-doors during the winter, put in a band-box in June, adults will subsequently emerge. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes smeathmanniana
LarvaYarrow, Achillea millefolium
OctoberLarvae are now about full-fed, and are to be found in the seed-heads, connecting the seed-heads with a silken gallery. [Tutt]
View field tip details Aethes tesserana
LarvaHawkweed Oxtongue, Picis hieracioides
OctoberThe roots of the foodplant should be dug up for larvae; plant in tubs or large flower-pots and leave out all the 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 Alucita hexadactyla
Imago OctoberBeat thatch of old summer-houses in gardens and the adult may be obtained in plenty. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
PupaHedge-woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
October to NovemberThe pupae are to be found attached by the anal segment to the flower spikes, between two of the whorls of seed-vessels, where they look like dried-up flowers. [Tutt]
View field tip details Ancylis mitterbacheriana
LarvaBeech, Fagus sylvatica
oaks, Quercus spp.
September to OctoberThe larvae feed in the folded leaves of oak and beech in the autumn, pupating therein in spring (Thurnall). [Tutt]ranking 5Tip has photos
View field tip details Cochylidia implicitana
LarvaStinking Chamomile, Anthemis cotula
Scented Mayweed, Matricaria recutita
Goldenrod, Solidago virgaurea
Scentless/Sea Mayweed, Tripleurospermum maritimum
OctoberThe larvae are to be found feeding on the seeds. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylidia subroseana
LarvaGoldenrod, Solidago virgaurea
OctoberThe seed-heads should be collected and kept out-of-doors during the winter. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cochylimorpha straminea
LarvaCommon Knapweed, Centaurea nigra
OctoberThe larvae may be found feeding on the seed-heads. [Tutt]
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 argentula
LarvaYarrow, Achillea millefolium
OctoberThe cases are sometimes to be obtained in great abundance in October on the seed-heads of yarrow. [Tutt]ranking 5
View field tip details Coleophora binderella
Larvaalders, Alnus spp.
Hazel, Corylus avellana
September to DecemberThe cases are to be found on the foodplant; they are something the shape of the case of C. viminitella, but are much stouter and stumpier than the latter, and conspicuously of two colours. [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora lithargyrinella
LarvaGreater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
September to DecemberThe cylindrical ochreous-brown cases are to be found on or near the foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora orbitella
Larvabirches, Betula spp.
September to OctoberThe full-fed larvae should be collected from birch in September-October. [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora otidipennella
LarvaHairy Wood-rush, Luzula pilosa
OctoberLarvae should be collected through the autumn on the seeds. (Elisha) [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora salinella
LarvaAnnual Sea-blite, Suaeda maritima
OctoberThe larvae should be collected from the foodplant growing on the coastal salterns. [Tutt]
View field tip details Coleophora virgaureae
LarvaGoldenrod, Solidago virgaurea
September to OctoberThe cases are to be found on the seeds of the foodplant. They inhabit small and cylindrical cases, with some of the loose filaments of the seed-down woven into them and fastened only by the anterior end. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cydia coniferana
LarvaScots Pine, Pinus sylvestris
OctoberThe larvae feed in the resinous matter exuding from young and old Scotch firs (Salvage). [Tutt]
View field tip details Cydia fagiglandana
LarvaBeech, Fagus sylvatica
late September to NovemberDuring the autumn collect beech mast for the larvae. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cydia splendana
Larvaoaks, Quercus spp.
September to OctoberAcorns in September and October are sometimes much infested with the larvae. They should be collected, and cork given to the larvae for pupation. [Tutt]
View field tip details Cydia splendana
Larvaoaks, Quercus spp.
OctoberCollect fallen and diseased acorns. [Tutt]
View field tip details Dasystoma salicella
LarvaSilverweed, Potentilla anserina
September to OctoberThe larvae are to be found. They are troublesome larvae to feed, eating very little at a time, growing very slowly, and wandering about the breeding-glasses when not eating. [Tutt]
View field tip details Elachista gangabella
LarvaFalse Brome, Brachypodium sylvaticum
September to OctoberIn September and October the larvae may be found in the leaves of False Brome. [Tutt]
View field tip details Eucosma aemulana
LarvaGoldenrod, Solidago virgaurea
September to OctoberThe larvae feed in the seed-heads in September and October. [Tutt]

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