Agdistis meridionalis

Agdistis meridionalis is a butterfly (moth ) from the family of the spring moths ( Pterophoridae ).

  • 3.1 Flight times and caterpillars
  • 4.1 Synonyms


The moths reach a wingspan of 22-25 millimeters. The wings are gray colored and speckled with brown scales. On the fore wings are each a subterminal Costalfleck and four spots are along the dorsal margin of the wing fold. The fourth spot is located obliquely to the third party. The moths have a very characteristic resting position, in which the narrow wings are held at an angle to the front, while the body is lifted by the long front legs.

The Valven of the male genitals are mutually asymmetrical. The left Valve is widened before apex and provided with a cost alarm, which is two-thirds of Valve length long. The right Valve is provided with a saccularen appendix and a cost alarm. The ninth sternite is split asymmetrically. The ostium of the female genitals is slightly dented. The antrum is twice as long as wide and gradually narrows. The eighth tergite has a small central depression.

Similar Species


Agdistis meridionalis is native to the Palaearctic and is found in the Canary Islands, the UK and the Mediterranean, including North Africa. In the east, the range extends to Romania, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

Way of life

The larvae live in different beach lilac species such as Common Lilac beach ( Limonium vulgare), Limonium binervosum, Limonium obtusifolium, Limonium virgatum, Limonium Limonium cordatum and pectinate. In southern England the kind inhabited dry rocky cliffs, where the food plants grow.

Flight times and caterpillars

The moths fly in two generations of April to September.



From the literature, for Agdistis meridionalis following synonyms known:

  • Adactyla meridionalis Zeller, 1847
  • Agdistis staticis Millière, 1875
  • Agdistis portlandica Tutt, 1906
  • Agdistis staricis var delicatulella Chrétien, 1917
  • Agdistis clivicola Meyrick, 1928
  • Agdistis tyrrhenica Amsel, 1951
  • Agdistis prolai Hartig, 1953