Sceliodes laisalis
Sceliodes laisalis
Adult • © Roy Goff

63.0524 BF1412

Sceliodes laisalis

(Walker, 1859)

Wingspan c. 20-34mm.

A handful of these moths have been found in Britain, possibly as immigrants, but suspected to be imported with tomatoes, one of their native foodplants.

The first British record was in 1973 in Middlesex, and two more were recorded in 1983, from Surrey and Bedfordshire. A small number have been noted in other European countries, including one in Belgium in August 1994.

The species is found in Africa where the larvae feed in the fruits of tomato.
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