28.021 Oecophora bractella Copyright Martin Evans
 Distribution map Copyright Martin Evans
 Life stages table Copyright Martin Evans  28.021 Oecophora bractella Copyright Martin Evans


28.021 Beautiful Bark Moth Oecophora bractella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Notable A

Similar species:

Forewing: 5.5 to 8mm

Habitats: Deciduous woodland.

Habits: The moth flies from dawn until sunrise and will come to light at this time.

Foodplant: The larva feeds from a frass covered, silk tube on dead wood under the bark of a wide variety of deciduous and coniferous trees including oak, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, Hazel, birch, Blackthorn, larches, pines and Norway Spruce. It is said to prefer trees infected with Honey Fungus or similar fungi and also prefers the drier wood not touching the soil. It pupates in the feeding place in a silk cocoon covered in frass.