Arched Marble

Olethreutes arcuella
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Olethreutes arcuella, the arched marble, is a colorful small moth species of the family Tortricidae.

Arched Marble

Olethreutes arcuella
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Scientific classification

kingdom: Animalia
phylum: Arthropoda
class: Insecta
order: Lepidoptera
family: Tortricidae
genus: Olethreutes

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Junior synonyms of this species are: - Olethreutes arcuellus (lapsus) - Phalaena arcuana Linnaeus, 1761 - Phalaena arcuella Clerck, 1759 - Phalaena lambergiana Scopoli, 1763 - Tortrix arcuana (Linnaeus, 1761)


This species can be found in most of Europe, in the eastern Palearctic realm, and in the Near East.


Olethreutes arcuella has a wingspan of 14–18 mm. Forewings of these medium size moths have an orange-rufous ground colour, with some yellow patches, a few metallic blue-grey or silver-colored streaks and a wide black marking in the middle, which includes a row of three small, silver colored spots. The hindwings are brown. The caterpillars are purplish- gray to violet-brown and have a yellowish-brown head. This species is quite similar to Olethreutes subtilana, but has rather narrower wings.



This species usually has one generation (univoltine). The flight time of these day-active moths ranges between late May and August. The caterpillars feed on dead and dried out leaves and similar plant material. Also pupation takes place in plant debris.


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