White Streak - Pleurota bicostella

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Lepidoptera - Family: Oecophoridae

Pleurota bicostella

This common moth lives in damp heaths and moorlands.

The adult moths are easily distinguished by large, tufted lablial palps.

White Streak is on the wing in June and July and flies at dusk and dawn.

The wingspan of the Pleurota bicostella is around 24 mm.

Distribution

The White Streak Moth is common and widespread throughout the UK and Ireland except in central and southwestern England.

Lifecycle

The larvae of the White Streak Moth live on heather (Erica sp.) in moorland and heaths. They form silky webs on the young shoots of the plants

 

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

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