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Cochylis atricapitana (Stephens, 1832)

A rather rare species in Belgium, but distributed from the coast till the Ardennes.

The larva of the first generation lives in the flowers or the flower-stalks of Senecio jacobaea. That of the second generation lives in the lower stem and rootstock of the same plant species. It hibernates full-fed in the larval habitation and pupates there in a white silken cocoon.

The adults have been observed in May-June and again in August-September. The males are already active at sunset, while the females fly later. Both come to light.

ID: head, thorax and labial palps are blackish grey.

Belgium, West-Vlaanderen, Koksijde, 12 August 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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