Ectoedemia euphorbiella

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Ectoedemia euphorbiella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nepticulidae
Genus: Ectoedemia
Species: E. euphorbiella
Binomial name
Ectoedemia euphorbiella
(Stainton, 1869)
Synonyms
  • Nepticula euphorbiella Stainton 1869
  • Nepticula tergestina Klimesch, 1940

Ectoedemia euphorbiella is a moth of the family Nepticulidae. It is found in southern Europe. It is confined to the warmest parts of Europe and has a very localised distribution. It is always found close to the sea.

Adults are very variable in size and colour, probably depending on leaf size.

The larvae feed on Euphorbia acanthothamnos, Euphorbia brittingeri, Euphorbia characias, Euphorbia dendroides, Euphorbia fragifera, Euphorbia myrsinites, Euphorbia palustris, Euphorbia rigida, Euphorbia serrata and Euphorbia terracina. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine consists of a long, strongly tortuous corridor, widening into an elongate blotch. Pupation takes place outside of the mine.

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