Symmoca cfr. signatella
- Subfamily: Symmocinae - Symmocini
- Wingspan: 12-15 mm
- Flight period: Aug - Sep
- Spread: Common
- Host plants: Dry leaves of Rosmarinus officinalis
The Symmoca signatella is a small moth of the Autostichidae family with a wingspan of 12-15 mm.
It is known in most of Western Europe, but has also been reported in Lithuania, Croatia, Greece and southern Russia *.
In Italy it has been reported in Friuli (see photo) Veneto, Trentino, Emilia Romagna and Lazio.
The front wings are ash gray with brown designs more evident in the discal and post-dical regions and some blurred points of the same color in the apical area of the same. Brown designs often have shades of yellow. The hind wings are grayish brown. The species flies during the summer and early autumn.
Univoltine species, adults are in flight from June to August depending on the latitude. Rarely attracted to artificial light
The larvae are found feeding on dry leaves of Rosmarinus officinalis **.
* Lepidoptera mundi https://lepidoptera.eu/ - Fauna Europea https://fauna-eu.org/
** Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa https://www.leps.it/