Eulamprotes wilkella

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Eulamprotes wilkella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Eulamprotes
Species: E. wilkella
Binomial name
Eulamprotes wilkella
(Linnaeus, 1758)[1]
  • Phalaena wilkella Linnaeus, 1758
  • Phalaena (Tinea) merianella Linnaeus, 1758
  • Gelechia (Brachmia) pictella Zeller, 1839
  • Eulamprotes pictella
  • Argyritis pictella
  • Gelechia tarquiniella Stainton, 1862
  • Tinea germarella Geyer, 1832

Eulamprotes wilkella is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found in most of Europe. Outside of Europe, it is found in Turkey, the Caucasus and Siberia.[2]

A sprig of Cerastium holosteoides eaten by larva

The wingspan is 8–10 mm. Adults are usually dark brown with a creamy-yellow head and three silver bands across the forewing, although adults of form tarquiniella only have a single silver fascia. Adults are on wing in June and again in August in two generations per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Cerastium fontanum. They live within the roots and lower stems of their host plant in a silken tube or tent. The species overwinters in a cocoon.[4]


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ Junnilainen, J. et al. 2010: The gelechiid fauna of the southern Ural Mountains, part II: list of recorded species with taxonomic notes (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Zootaxa, 2367: 1–68. Preview
  3. ^ UKmoths
  4. ^ Hants Moths