Shingle beaches, sandy areas, usually on the coast.
Creamy-yellow head and three silver bands across the forewing on nominate form.
(f. tarquiniella only a single silver fascia)
Several larvae found at Winterton-on-Sea amongst the moss -
Dicranum scoparium in 2014 (B. Heckford, S. Beavan, 14/05/14)
In 2015, a pair of Microlycus was reared from a larva of Eulamprotes wilkella found in moss by R. Heckford; these specimens have
been identified as M. harcalo and are described in this document..
[Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 152: 149–154]
[Eulamprotes wilkella (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera:
Gelechiidae): further consideration of the larva and its biology,
and of the forms of the adult. Entomologist’s Gazette 66: 1–12]
Note: Jan 2020 name change from Eulamprotes to Oxypteryx.
Recorded in 20 (29%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2020.