Euplocamus anthracinalis

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Euplocamus anthracinalis
Euplocamus.anthracinalis.mounted.jpg
Euplocamus anthracinalis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tineidae
Genus: Euplocamus
Species: E. anthracinalis
Binomial name
Euplocamus anthracinalis
(Scopoli, 1763)

Euplocamus anthracinalis is a species of tineoid moth. It belongs to the fungus moth family (Tineidae), and among these to the subfamily Euplocaminae.[1]

This moth inhabits humid woodland. It is found in western Eurasia, where it is not rare east of the Germany region, but at least uncommon if not entirely absent in western continental Europe. For Britain for example, there exists (as of the late 2000s (decade)) only a single early 19th century record. With little or no associated information as to locality or circumstances, it may well be entirely in error.[2]

The adults are on the wing in the summer months, approximately from May to August depending on location. They are largish moths (wingspan 25–33 mm) whose black forewings are dappled with (usually) 8 large and a few smaller white dots. The dusky hindwings have a neat white border. The head is ruddy but the entire animal bleaches easy as museum specimen. The caterpillars inhabit rotting wood, which they feed on; they also eat bracket fungi growing on it.[3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ See references in Savela (2001)
  2. ^ Kimber [2010]
  3. ^ Grabe (1942), Kimber [2010]

References[edit]

  • Grabe, Albert (1942): Eigenartige Geschmacksrichtungen bei Kleinschmetterlingsraupen ["Strange tastes among micromoth caterpillars"]. Zeitschrift des Wiener Entomologen-Vereins 27: 105-109 [in German]. PDF fulltext
  • Kimber, Ian (2010): UKMoths – Alabonia geoffrella. Retrieved 2010-APR-27.
  • Savela, Markku (2001): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Euplocamus. Version of 2001-NOV-04. Retrieved 2010-APR-27.