In Belgium the larva lives in a silken tube in the sand and feeds
on the leaves of Cerastium fontanum touching the ground.
Pupation in a cocoon in the sand (Belgian Lepidoptera).
Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The male
genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
of year - larvae: Currently unknown.
of year - adults: In Belgium the adults fly from June till August
and come to light (Belgian Lepidoptera).
in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in Britain including
Anglesey (VC52), Berkshire (VC22), Caernarvonshire (VC49), East Kent (VC15), East Norfolk (VC27), East Suffolk (VC25), Elgin, Flintshire (VC51), Glamorganshire (VC41), Kincardineshire (VC91), North Aberdeenshire (VC93),
North Ebudes (VC104), North Essex (VC19), South Northumberland (VC67), Pembrokeshire (VC45),
South Aberdeenshire (VC92), South Hampshire (VC11), West Norfolk (VC28), West Suffolk (VC26) and
the Channel Is. (Karsholt and van Nieukerken
in Fauna Europaea).
recorded in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken
in Fauna Europaea). See also Ireland's NBDC interactive map.
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Albania,
Austria, Belgium, Corsica, Crete, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Danish
mainland, Dodecanese Is., Estonia, French mainland, Germany, Greek
mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Macedonia, Madeira, Norwegian
mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands (Karsholt
and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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