Hellinsia lienigianus
Hellinsia lienigianus
Adult • Park Wood, Elland, West Yorkshire • © Ian Kimber

45.040 BF1518
Hellinsia lienigianus

(Zeller, 1852)

Wingspan 17-21 mm.

A local species, occurring in much of England, becoming scarcer in the northern part of its range.

It inhabits coastal areas, dry pastures and waste ground, and flies mainly in July.

The larvae live mostly on mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), forming a silken 'tent' on a leaf, within which the caterpillar feeds before moving onto another.
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