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Scythris empetrella Karsholt & Nielsen, 1976

Ling Owlet
43.0090 (B&F: 917)

Synonym(s):
Scythris variella (Stephens, 1834) homonym


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Gelechioidea
    »Family: Scythrididae
      »Subfamily: Gelechiinae
        »Tribe: Hypercalliini

pRDB2

A proposed Red Data Book species, known from Hampshire, Dorset and Moray. The larvae feed on heathers from within a long silken tube that is buried in loose sand under the foodplants. Never recorded in Sussex but could possibly occur on one of the western heaths.

Scythris empetrella Karsholt & Nielsen, 1976
larval tube amongst heather
New Forest, 26 v 2013
Photo: Tony Davis

Although recorded in Sussex, the database has not as yet, been updated to include these records.

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