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



Las Descargues, 12 August 2012
Chrysoesthia sexguttella Mine


© Robin Howard/Dave Shenton

Chrysoesthia sexguttella (Thunberg, 1794)

Wingspan: 8-10mm

A bivoltine species on the wing in May and June and again in August. Adults are yet to be recorded at Las Descargues but mines are found wherever the foodplant occurs along field margins, verges, unmanaged meadows and waste land.

Eggs are laid on the underside of leaves of Chenopodium and Atriplex where larvae mine forming initially a spiral, slim gallery that eventually becomes a large blotch often occupying most of the leaf. Pupation takes place amongst detritus at the base of the foodplant.