832 Caryocolum blandella
(Douglas, 1852)Wingspan 9.5 mm- 14.5 mm.
A fairly distinctive moth, although it can resemble some other Caryocolum species; it can usually be separated by its white head and solid dark band on the forewing. Specimens under 11 mm wingspan might be confused with the similarly marked C. blandulella, which appears to be restricted to sand dunes in Kent and Hampshire. Doubtful specimens should have their genitalia examined with the aid of MBGBI Vol.4-2.
Locally distributed in England and Wales, it generally occupies hedgerows and woodland habitat.
The moths fly in July and August. The larva feeds on greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), at first in a mine, then in spun shoots or seed capsules.