Agdistis tamaricis

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

  • 4.1 Synonyms
  • 5.1 Notes and references


The moths reach a wingspan of 18-27 millimeters and are gray -brown. Along the Costa loaders are four dark spots, of which the two inner are larger than the outer two. The distance between the two inner points is larger than that of the two outer points. Another spot is located in the dorsal position of the second Costalflecks. Three spots are located at the edge of the wing fold, here the outer spot is the largest.

The Valven of the male genitals are long, extensions are not available. The aedeagus is bent and irregularly at the top. The ostium of the female genitals is provided with a sharp point. Near the tapered parabolic antrum located dorsally two large stout spines.


Agdistis tamaricis is distributed in the Palearctic region in the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean. In the north, the range extends to southern Germany and Strasbourg in France. In the east it extends over the Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China. Down south, the moths in Israel, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In the Orient, the kind in India, China, and Taiwan is represented in the Afrotropical comes Agdistis tamaricis in Liberia, the Republic of South Africa and Mauritania before.

Way of life

The caterpillars feed on the French tamarisk ( Tamarix gallica ), and the German tamarisk Tamarix smyrnensis ( Myricaria germanica ). In southern Germany, the caterpillars hatch in autumn and winter, which pupate in the spring. The caterpillars are characterized by a peculiar behavior: They shake their excrement by a sweeping movement of the crawler body from.

Flight times and caterpillars

The moths fly depending on the latitude from March to October in successive generations.



From the literature, the following synonyms are known for Agdistis tamaricis:

  • Adactyla tamaricis Zeller, 1847
  • Agdistis bagdadiensis Amsel, 1949