Epicallima formosella

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Epicallima formosella
Adult from Dresden (Germany)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Oecophoridae
Genus: Epicallima
Species: E. formosella
Binomial name
Epicallima formosella
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Epicallima formosella is a species of gelechioid moth. It belongs to subfamily Oecophorinae of the concealer moth family (Oecophoridae). [1]

It is found in Europe. The wingspan is 12–16 mm. Adults are on wing from June to August depending on the location.

The caterpillars feed on decaying wood, typically of poplars (Populus).[2]

Junior synonyms of E. formosella are:[3]

  • Borkhausenia formosella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Dafa formosella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Tinea formosella Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775


  1. ^ See references in Savela (2003)
  2. ^ Grabe (1942)
  3. ^ Grabe (1942), and see references in Savela (2003)


  • Grabe, Albert (1942): Eigenartige Geschmacksrichtungen bei Kleinschmetterlingsraupen ["Strange tastes among micromoth caterpillars"]. Zeitschrift des Wiener Entomologen-Vereins 27: 105-109 [in German]. PDF fulltext
  • Savela, Markku (2003): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Epicallima formosella. Version of 2003-DEC-29. Retrieved 2010-APR-28.

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