674 Depressaria badiella
(Hübner, 1796)Wingspan c. 20mm.
A relatively local species with a scattered distribution over much of the British Isles, this species prefers dry, sandy or chalky ground.
The adult moths fly in a single generation between July and September, and come to light.
The larvae occur from May to July and feed on cat's ear (Hypochoeris radicata), perennial sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis) or dandelion (Taraxacum), initially between spun leaves and later amongst the roots.