Decantha borkhausenii

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Decantha borkhausenii
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Oecophoridae
Genus: Decantha
Species: D. borkhausenii
Binomial name
Decantha borkhausenii
(Zeller, 1839)
  • Oecophora borkhausenii Zeller, 1839

Decantha borkhausenii is a moth of the Oecophoridae family (concealer moths). It is the type species of the Decantha genus, although it was once placed in the genus Oecophora.[1] It is found in most of Europe, except Ireland, Great Britain, the Benelux, the Iberian Peninsula, most of the Balkan Peninsula, Denmark and Lithuania.[2]

The wingspan is 11–14 mm.[3] The adult moth is yellow and blackish, with a brown hind wing, while the caterpillar is translucent white.[4] Adults are on wing from June to August.

The larvae feed on pine trees,[5] tunnelling under the bark.[6]


  1. ^ Genus details: Decantha, Butterflies and Moths of the World, Natural History Museum.
  2. ^ Fauna Europaea
  3. ^ Swedish moths
  4. ^ Forbes, W.T.M. (1920), The Lepidopteras of New York and neighboring states, p. 248.
  5. ^ Lvovsky, A.L. (2009), "Use of the characters of trophic specialization in the taxonomy of the broad-winged moths (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae, Chimabachidae, Amphisbatidae, Depressariidae)," Entomological Review 89 (3), June, 299-305.
  6. ^ Decantha borkhausenii at Swedish Natural History Museum.

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