Glyphipterix simpliciella

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Cocksfoot moth
Glyphipterigidae - Glyphipterix simpliciella.JPG
Glyphipterix simpliciella, upperside
Lateral view
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Glyphipterigidae
Genus: Glyphipterix
Species: G. simpliciella
Binomial name
Glyphipterix simpliciella
(Stephens, 1834)

Glyphipterix simpliciella, the cocksfoot moth, is a species of moth of the family Glyphipterigidae.


This quite common species can be found in the western part of the Palaearctic ecozone and is common in much of Britain and Ireland.[2]


These small moths mainly inhabit flower meadows, especially with buttercups, often many to one flower.[3]


Glyphipterix simpliciella has a wingspan of 6–9 mm.[4] and can reach a length of 3–4 mm. These tiny cryptic moths have dark brown forewings with a slightly metallic sheen. They also show a black apical spot and five white or silvery streaks along their costa, two across the dorsum and one in the posterior corner of the wings. The hindwings are dark grey, with grey cilia. Both sexes are similar.[5]

This species is rather similar to Glyphipterix equitella and Glyphipterix schoenicolella.


It is an univoltine species. Adults are on wing from May to July. They fly in the sunshine and especially feed on nectar of buttercup (Ranunculus species), Crataegus monogyna, Euphorbia esula, and of various Apiaceae species (especially Leucanthemum vulgare).[6][7]

The larvae feed on the seeds of cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata), tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and Festuca pratensis. They later pupate in the stem.[4][6]



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