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Chilo phragmitella (Hubner, 1805)

Имаго  (Chilo phragmitella)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pyraloidea family Crambidae subfamily Crambinae tribe Chiloini genus Chilo → species Chilo phragmitella

Species name(s)

Chilo phragmitella (Hubner, 1805) = Chilo phrarmitellus = Chilo phragmitellus (Hubner, [1805]) = Tinea phragmitella Hübner, [1805] = Palparia rhombea Haworth, 1811. [3, 9, 10, 85]



Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #40. Primorsky*.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

14—16 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Chilo phragmitella)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Chilo phrarmitellus. [85].


  • Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia . [1].
  • Austria, Belgium, the British Isles, France, Germany, Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), Poland Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland,France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, the European North-West, Central European, European southern taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Lower Volga, Seaside (?) Mid-Volzhsky, South Ural. [3].
  • Area - Central Europe. South Northern Europe, a large part of eastern, northern reaches of Great Britain and Central Sweden. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The length of the front wing - up to 1.6 cm. Forewings reed-brown, with the tip of the elongated shape of the wings in females more pointed than in males, except that females markedly larger. On the upper side of the front wings nosed reed ognevok there are always two or three longitudinal spots with two narrow white stripes between them.The hind wings are bright. For the butterfly is characterized by very long palps. Cchitaetsya the largest representative Microlepidoptera in Central Europe. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Moth flying around at night on the banks of reservoirs (with slow flow or no), wet meadows with a cane. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • From June to August. [5].

General info about Larva

  • Track C. phragmitellus live in the stems of plants in the same winter, there pupate. Forage plants ognevok of water, and caterpillars can fall into them below the water level, receiving air through the stems. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Phragmites, Glyceria maxima. [28].
  • Reed (Phragmites), manna grass (Glyceria). [5].

Larva lifespan

  • From July to the beginning of June the following season. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5].


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrey Ponomarev, Andrej Makara.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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30.01.2014 18:07, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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