Brachmia blandella

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Brachmia blandella
Brachmia blandella.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Brachmia
Species: B. blandella
Binomial name
Brachmia blandella
(Fabricius, 1798)
Synonyms
  • Tinea blandella Fabricius, 1798
  • Gelechia gerronella Zeller, 1850

Brachmia blandella, the gorse crest, is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found in most of Europe, except Ireland, Slovenia and Croatia.[1] The habitat consists of woodland margins and heath.

The wingspan is 12–14 mm.[2] Adults are on wing from June to August. There is one generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Ulex europaeus. The species overwinters as a young larva in a slight spinning on the host plant. Pupation takes place in early June.[4]

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