Aethes cnicana is a moth of the family Tortricidae. It was described by Westwood in 1854. It is found in Europe, China (Beijing, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Liaoning, Tianjin), Japan, Korea and Russia.
The wingspan is 14–17 millimetres (0.55–0.67 in). Very similar to Ancylis badiana but differs as follows : forewings with markings bright ferruginous-brown,antemedian fascia less angulated, less distinctly interrupted,not dilated on dorsum.  Julius von Kennel provides a full description.
The moth flies from May to July and are often attracted to light.
The larvae feed on Cirsium.
- Yinghui Sun; Houhun Li. "A Brief Summary of Tribe Cochylini from China (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Tortricinae)" (PDF). Tianjin: Nankai University. Cite journal requires
- Meyrick, E., 1895 A Handbook of British Lepidoptera MacMillan, London pdf This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain. Keys and description
- Julius von Kennel, 1921, The Palaearktischen Tortriciden, eine monographische Darstellung. Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. 742 pp. - Palaearctic Tortricidae, a monograph.pdf at Zobodat 247
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