Bryotropha senectella

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Bryotropha senectella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Bryotropha
Species: B. senectella
Binomial name
Bryotropha senectella
(Zeller, 1839)[1]
  • Gelechia senectella Zeller, 1839
  • Gelechia ciliatella Herrich-Schäffer, 1854
  • Bryotropha obscurella Heinemann, 1870
  • Bryotropha minorella Heinemann, 1870
  • Bryotropha phoebusella Millière, 1876
  • Bryotropha larseni Strand, 1927

Bryotropha senectella is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found throughout Europe.

The wingspan is 9–13 mm. The forewings are brown, mottled with yellow to greyish ochreous. The hindwings are pale grey, slightly darker towards the apex.[2] Adults have been recorded on wing from June to early September.

Larvae live in silken tubes among Homalothecium lutescens growing on the ground or on low rocks, or among Bryum species growing on walls. The larvae have a dull purplish or reddish brown body and blackish brown head.


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ Karsholt, Ole & Twan Rutten, 2005, the genus Bryotropha Heinemann in the western palaearctic (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 148: 77-207. Abstract and full article: [1]