Scythris cicadella
Scythris cicadella
Adult • Ijmuiden, Netherlands • © Shirley O'Brien

43.011 BF919
Scythris cicadella

(Zeller, 1839)


Wingspan c. 10mm.

Occasionally found in small numbers in parts of south-eastern England, there have not been any recent records of this species, which occurs in continental Europe.

The favoured habitat is dry or sandy soil, and adult moths occur in July, flying in sunshine low among the foliage.

The larvae apparently feed on perrenial knawel (Scleranthus perennis), but the early stages are poorly described at present.
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