Pamphilius sylvarum (Stephens, 1835)

Pamphilius sylvarum

Overall the female is a richly patterned, yellowish-brown insect. The head and thorax are straw coloured with black markings. The abdomen is black. The legs are pale with a black stripe on the femora. Abdomen is black with pale lateral margins and apex. Venation straw coloured.
The male head is black with a yellow stripe behind the eye. The thorax and abdomen are also black. Although this species is rare, males are known to occur in numbers on occasion.

Larvae feed in leaf rolls on young oaks.


Size: 9 - 10mm

Status: Rare

Distribution: England, Wales

Flight period: May to June

Plant associations: Querecus spp. especially Quercus robur (oaks, esp. pendunculate or English oak.)


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