Scrobipalpula psilella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)

Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae


Larvae in a tube of silk, covered with dirt, on the ground. From here a large, frass-free blotch is made in a low leaf; the larva may also bore in the stem. The larva may sometimes attack another leaf, and then the silken tube is missing.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Artemisia campestris, maritima, santonicum, vulgaris; Aster alpinus, amellus; Centaurea scabiosa; Erigeron acris; Gnaphalium; Helichrysum arenarium; Tripolium pannonicum.

Artemisia campestris is the primary hostplant. Records from Achillea, Anthemis maritima, Cirsium, Homogyne alpina need further confirmation (Huemer & Karsholt, 2010a)..


Two generations, adults in May – June and again September.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, except the British Isles (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Green with darker green warts; head brownish-yellow with a black spot near the ocelli and another behind; prothoracic shield greenish-yellow (Benander, cited by Huemer & Karsholt [1998a]). Uniformly light grey, head and pronotum light brown (Hering, 1957a).


Gnorimoschema psilellum; Lita, Phthorimaea, psilella


Bland, Heckford & Langmaid (2002a), Chrétien (1909a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Hering (1930b, 1957a), Huemer & Karsholt (1998a), Kaitila (1996a), Klimesch (1958c), Menhofer (1943a), Pelham-Clinton (1989a), Povolný & Bradley (1965a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Tabell (2008a).