Scythris inspersella

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Scythris inspersella
Scythris inspersella.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Scythrididae
Genus: Scythris
Species: S. inspersella
Binomial name
Scythris inspersella
(Hübner, 1817)[1]
Synonyms
  • Tinea inspersella Hübner, [1817]
  • Gelechia aterrimella Walker, 1864
  • Scythris hypotricha Joannis, 1920
  • Scythris epilobiella McDunnough, 1942

Scythris inspersella, the Norfolk owlet, is a moth of the Scythrididae family. It was described by Jacob Hübner in 1817. It has a Holarctic distribution.[2]

The wingspan is 13–15 mm. The forewings are black with blueish-white scales. The hindwings are dark ochreous brown.[3] Adults are on wing from July to August, flying during the day. They visit the flowers of the larval host plant.

The larvae feed on Epilobium angustifolium, Epilobium montanum and Epilobium hirsutum. They spin the terminal shoots of their host plant together.[4] Larvae can be found in June en July.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ "Scythris Hübner, [1825]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  3. ^ microlepidoptera.nl
  4. ^ UKMoths