Monochroa palustrellus

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Monochroa palustrellus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Monochroa
Species: M. palustrellus
Binomial name
Monochroa palustrellus
(Douglas, 1850)[1]
  • Ypsolopus palustrellus Douglas, 1850
  • Monochroa palustrella
  • Catabrachmia rozsikella Rebel, 1909

Monochroa palustrellus, the wainscot neb, is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found in from western, central and northern Europe to the Ural Mountains and southern Siberia.[2] The habitat consists of waste ground, dry pastures and sand-dunes.[3]

The wingspan is 17–19 mm.[4] The forewings are yellowish white, covered with black lines. The hindwings are griseous (mottled grey).[5] Adults are on wing from late June to August in one generation per year.[6]

The larvae feed on Rumex species, including Rumex crispus, Rumex aquaticus and Rumex hydrolapathum. They feed in the stem, leaf petioles or rootstock.


  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. ^ Hants Moths
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  6. ^ Lepidoptera of Belgium