Incurvaria pectinea - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth


Las Descargues, 17 April 2007
Incurvaria pectinea Adult


© Robin Howard

Incurvaria pectinea (Haworth, 1828)

Wingspan: 12-16mm

A univoltine species with adults on the wing from April to mid-June, the only record of an adult at Las Descargues is illustrated. A species of mixed broadleaved woodland, scrub and hedgerows.

Eggs are laid on Betula, Carpinus, Corylus, Malus, Sorbus, Pyrus, Acer and Swida spp. Larvae feed in circular blotches before cutting holes allowing them to fall to the ground where they continue to feed on senescent leaves. Cases can be found on tree trunks where the larvae pupate.