Metriotes lutarea

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Metriotes lutarea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Coleophoridae
Genus: Metriotes
Species: M. lutarea
Binomial name
Metriotes lutarea
(Haworth, 1828)[1]
Synonyms
  • Porrectaria lutarea Haworth, 1828
  • Butalis modestella Duponchel, 1839
  • Coleophora splendidella Lienig & Zeller, 1846
  • Metriotes bucovinella Nemes, 2004

Metriotes lutarea is a moth of the Coleophoridae family. It is found in most of Europe (except the Iberian Peninsula and most of the Balkan Peninsula) and Turkey.[2]

The wingspan is 9–11 mm. Adults are on wing in May and are day-active.[3]

The larvae feed on Stellaria holostea and Thesium montanum.[4] They feed on the seeds from within the host plant. At the end of the larval stage it constructs a portable case from a seed capsule. Pupation takes place in the bark of a tree.

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