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Aethes cnicana (Westwood, 1854)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva eats at first the seeds of Cirsium spp. and later bores into the stem in order to eat the pit. It hibernates full-fed in the stem and pupates there in the spring.

The adults have been observed from the end of May till well in July. They are active at dusk and later come to light.

Belgium, Liège, Elsenborn, 10 July 2004.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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