Mompha terminella

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Mompha terminella
Mompha terminella.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Momphidae
Genus: Mompha
Species: M. terminella
Binomial name
Mompha terminella
(Humphreys & Westwood, 1845)
  • Glyphipteryx terminella Humphreys & Westwood, 1845
  • Psacaphora terminella
  • Psacaphora chrysargyrella Herrich-Schaffer, 1854
  • Mompha engelella Busck, 1906
  • Elachista patriciella Stainton, 1849

Mompha terminella is a moth in the Momphidae family. It is found from Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula and from Ireland to Romania.[1] It is also found in North America.[2][3]

A leaf of Circaea lutetiana mined by larva

The wingspan is 8–10 mm.[4] Adults are on wing from July to August in one generation per year.[5]

The larvae feed on Circaea alpina and Circaea lutetiana. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine starts as a long, narrow, full depth, strongly spiral corridor. The frass is initially deposited in fine grains, but later in a central line. The larva leaves the mine to start elsewhere, either as a continuation of the existing corridor or in a new leaf. This new mine starts as a narrow corridor but soon widens into a large blotch. The frass is deposited in a broad band. Pupation takes place outside of the mine. Larvae can be found from mid-August to mid-September. They are whitish with a light brown head.[6]