Stephensia abbreviatella

Stephensia abbreviatella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Elachistidae
Genus: Stephensia
Species: S. abbreviatella
Binomial name
Stephensia abbreviatella
(Stainton, 1851)[1]
  • Elachista abbreviatella Stainton, 1851
  • Dyselachista myosotivora Müller-Rutz, 1937
  • Scirtopoda myosotivora
  • Elachista maxima Hofner, 1897

Stephensia abbreviatella is a moth of the Elachistidae family. It is found in France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Romania and Turkey.

The wingspan is 9–11 mm.[2]

The larvae feed on Myosotis sylvatica. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine starts in a low leaf and has the form of a short, lower-surface corridor that quickly widens into a full depth, transparent blotch. Some silk is deposited in the mine. Before hibernation, the larvae make a new mine, consisting of a fairly broad corridor along the midrib, lined with silk. After overwintering, the larvae make several new mines. Pupation takes place outside of the mine, in the soil.[3] Larvae can be found from September to May of the following year.


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