Caryocolum viscariella
Caryocolum viscariella
Adult, reared from larva on Silene dioica • Bere Alston, Devon • © Phil Barden

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Caryocolum viscariella

(Stainton, 1855)

Wingspan c. 12 mm.

In Britain, the larvae of this species feed in a spun shoot of red campion (Silene dioica), white campion (S. alba), or sticky catchfly (Lychnis viscaria), later living in the central stem of the plant.

The adults fly in a single generation in June and July, and can be attracted to light.

Distributed widely across much of England and Wales and into Scotland, it is relatively common in places.

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