Acrolepiopsis vesperella

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Acrolepiopsis vesperella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Acrolepiidae
Genus: Acrolepiopsis
Species: A. vesperella
Binomial name
Acrolepiopsis vesperella
(Zeller, 1850)
Synonyms
  • Roeslerstammia vesperella Zeller, 1850
  • Acrolepia smilaxella Milliere, 1874
  • Acrolepia tami Hering, 1927
  • Acrolepia tamias

Acrolepiopsis vesperella is a moth of the Acrolepiidae family. It is found in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Greece and on the Canary Islands.[1]

The larvae feed on Smilax aspera, Smilax canariensis, Tamus communis and Tamus edulis. They mine the leaves of their host plant. On Smilax species, young larvae make a short corridor which is almost completely filled with frass. Older larvae live freely at the leaf underside, under a frass-covered web. On Tamus species, larvae live in a transparent full-depth mine without frass. The mine may have the form of a corridor, blotch or star. Pupation always occurs in a net-like cocoon.[2] The larvae have a pale yellowish green body and head. They can be found in March.

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