Eucosma cana (Hawotth, 1811)

hoary bell

on Cirsium


Eggs are deposited one by one at the outside of a still closed flower head. The larva works itself inside from the top, then feeds on the developing achenes. The late larve makes a frass filled tunnel in the receptacle, then leaves the head.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Cirsium vulgare.


The larva hibernates in the soil in a cocoon made out of silk and dirt, and pupates in the spring.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Pale, head black.


Bland & Rotheray (1994b), Redfern (1986a).

mod 22.vii.2019