Epicallima formosella
Epicallima formosella
Adult • Beaucaire, France • © Jean-Laurent Hentz

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Epicallima formosella

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

[Synonyms: Dafa formosella]
Wingspan c. 14mm.

This species was recorded in Britain in 1845 in Essex, but since then has not been noted in these islands. It is distributed elsewhere in Europe, and eastwards to the Middle East.

The adult moths fly in July, and the larvae feed under dead bark from around September onwards.

A very attractive species, the scientific name formosella is derived from the latin formosus, meaning beautiful.
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