Egyptian Bollworm Earias insulana
Egyptian Bollworm Earias insulana
Adult • Puerto Santiago, Tenerife, Canaries. • © David Grundy

74.012 BF2420
Egyptian Bollworm Earias insulana

(Boisduval, 1833)

Wingspan c. 25 mm.

A rare immigrant species probably imported from abroad, where it occurs in Africa, Asia and Europe. There have only been a handful of records in the British Isles.

The moth is superficially similar to Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana but has a different resting posture and structure, and has faint, angled crosslines lacking in that species, while missing the creamy forewing leading edge.

Abroad, the species can be a pest, feeding on cotton.
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