List of Lepidoptera that feed on Lotus

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Birds-foot trefoils (Lotus spp) are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including:

Monophagous species which feed exclusively on Lotus
  • C. discordella
  • C. oriolella (feeds exclusively on L. rectus)
  • C. squamella (feeds exclusively on L. cytisoides)
  • Lycaeides idas lotis (Lotis blue butterfly), a possibly extinct gossamer-winged butterfly last recorded near Mendocino town in 1983, is conjectured to have used Lotus formosissimus (Hosackia gracilis) as its larval food plant.


Polyphagous species which feed on Lotus among other plants
  • C. fumatella (recorded on L. corniculatus)
  • C. lugubrella


  1. ^ "Blues: lotis blue (Lycaeides idas lotis)". The Xerces Society. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 

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