Scrobipalpa ocellatella (Boyd, 1858)
Young larvae bore in the midrib, later they mine the leaf from a web spun over of the leaf.
Amaranthaceae, probably monophagous
Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima.
Referred in the literature also to Camphorosma monspeliaca; Halimione portulacoides; Salicornia europaea; Suaeda maritima, vera; however, according to Maurice Jansen (in litt.) these associations are very dubious; also in Britain ocellatella has only been found on Beta.
Two generations per year; hibernation as larva.
BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2009).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
From Denmark to the Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Sicily, Crete, and Cyprus, and from Ireland to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Grey green, with some vague reddish brown length lines; head and prothoracic plate light brown; rear margin of the pronotum black brown; anal plate grey green (Jansen, 1999a; Bland ao, 2002a; Gómez de Aizpúrua, 2003a).
Gnorimoschema ocellatellum, Lita ocellatella.
Locally around the Mediterranean a pest on beetroot and sugar beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) (Bland ea, 2002a; Huemer & Karsholt, 2010a).
Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Deutschmann (2010a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Gómez de Aizpúrua (2003a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Jansen (1999a), Kasy (1965a), De Prins (1998a), Skala (1950a), Szőcs (1977a).