Aroga aristotelis (Millière, 1876)

Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae

mine

The larve lives in a siken tube, covered with sand, that ascends from the ground to the lower leaves, where fleck mines are made. Pupation outside the mine.

hostplants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Atracantha echinus (= Astragalus e.).

Hering mentions A. echinus as (only) hostplant. This, however, is a species of the Levant (Cyprus, Israel); on which host the species lives elsewhere is not known.

phenology

Larvae in May – June.

distribution within Europe

Disjunct distribution: at the one hand France, Spain and Italy (including Sicily), at the other hand Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece (including Crete) (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

Fusiform, 17-18 mm, pale greyish green with 5 white length lines. Head and prothoracic plate black brown, anal plate concolorous with , pinacula well recognisable (Chrétien, 1927a).

pupa

See Chrétien (1927a).

synonyms

Gelechia aristotelis.

references

Chrétien (1927a), Hering (1957a).

06/02/2017

mod 28.vi.2017