Ethmia terminella Fletcher, 1938

five-spot ermel

on viper’s-bugloss


Larvae well hidden in a silken tube among the inflorescence, feeding on the flowers and developing fruits.

host plants

Boraginaceae, monophagous

Echium gaditanum, vulgare.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Strikingly pugmented: head and body velvety blackish brown, on each segment a dorsal pair of circular silvery white patches.


Baldizzone (2004a), Emmet & Langmaid (2002b), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Huisman & Koster (1999a).

mod 10.viii.2019