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Anerastia lotella

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Pyralidae
Genus  Anerastia
Order  Butterflies and moths
Class  Insecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
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Similar  Butterflies and moths, Acrobasis mara, Assara terebrella, Pyla fusca, Phycitodes

Anerastia lotella is a species of snout moth in the genus Anerastia. It was described by Gerasimov in 1929. It is found in most of Europe, western Russia, Asia Minor, Iran and western Turkestan. It has also been recorded from most of Canada.

The wingspan is 19–27 mm. Adults are on wing in July.

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including Ammophila arenaria, Corynephorus canescens and Festuca ovina. They construct a silken gallery around the stem base and roots of their host plant. Larvae are mainly found in May and June and it is thought the species overwinters in the larval stage. Pupation takes place in a silken cocoon in the soil near the food plant.

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Anerastia lotella Wikipedia


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