Batrachedra amydraula

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Author(s): Naturalis, Biodiversity Centre
Source: BOLD Systems

Batrachedra amydraula Meyrick, 1916 - (lesser date moth)

This tiny moth breeds on the inflorescences of date palms in the Near East. The larvae feed on the flowers and developing fruits. They can cause yield losses of > 50% (Polaszek et al., 2019).

There are typically 3 generations per year and development from egg to adult lasts around 6 weeks. The larvae of the last generation enter a diapause and emerge in spring the following year. The adult moth has a wingspan of 10-14 mm, with greyish forewings that have long fringes.