Abia candens Konow, 1887

Abia candens

Similar to Abia sericea but less common. The antennae in both sexes are dark on the apical and basal segments with middle segments yellow. In Abia sericea the antennae are usually all yellow and never with segment three bicolorous.
Larvae feed on scabious. Abia candens larvae lack a row of black dots on the dorsal midline.

Size: approx. 10mm

Status: Local

Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

Flight period: May to August

Plant associations: Succisa pratensis and probably Knautia arvensis (devil's bit scabious, field scabious)


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