Epiblema sticticana

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Epiblema sticticana
Epiblema sticticana.jpg
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With opened wings
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Genus: Epiblema
Species: E. sticticana
Binomial name
Epiblema sticticana
(Duponchel, in Godart, 1842) [1]
  • Pyralis sticticana Fabricius, 1794
  • Pyralis brunichana Fabricius, 1787
  • Epiblema brunichiana Hubner, [1825]
  • Eucosma farfarae Fletcher, 1938
  • Epiblema kemnerana Lewin, 1942
  • Epiblema melstediana Larsen, 1927
  • Grapholitha quadratana Eversmann, 1844

Epiblema sticticana is a species of moth of the Tortricidae family.


The wingspan is 15–20 mm.[2] Forewings show a subquadrate large whitish dorsal blotch and a light brown colouration.[3] These moths are very similar to Epiblema scutulana and Epiblema cirsiana,[2][4] but they are generally browner and lighter.[2]


The larvae feed on coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), winter heliotrope (Petasites fragrans), greater burdock (Arctium lappa), marsh thistle (Cirsium palustre), musk thistle (Carduus nutans) and spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare).[2][4] They initially feed in the roots, but later in the flower lower stems.[2] Adults are on wing from May to June.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species can be found in almost all of Europe, as well as the eastern Palearctic ecozone and the Near East.[1] It mainly occurs in waste grounds, rough meadows, damp grounds and coastal areas.[2]