Spoladea recurvalis, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Spoladea recurvalis, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Spoladea recurvalis (Fabricius, 1775)


Spoladea recurvalis is a moth of the family Crambidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Spoladea recurvalis (Fabricius, 1775)

Phalaena recurvalis (Fabricius, 1794)

Hymenia recurvalis (Fabricius, 1794)

Phalaena angustalis (Fabricius, 1787)

Phalaena fascialis (Stoll, 1782)

Phycis recurvella (Zincken, 1818)

Hymenia diffascialis (Hübner, 1825)

Hydrocampa albifacialis (Boisduval, 1833)

Spoladea animalis (Guenée, 1854)

Hymenia exodias (Meyrick, 1904)

Common name

Beet Webworm, Hawaiian Beet Webworm


Superfamily: Pyraloidea > Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Spilomelinae > Tribus: Hypenini > Genus: Spoladea


19-24 mm


It is a dark-colored moth with two white stripes across the anterior of the wings. The fringes of both wings have dark and light patches.


Gardens, fields, waste places.

Food plant
The larva is polyphagous and feeds on a variety of plants, i.e. Amaranthaceae (Atriplex, Beta vulgaris, Chenopodium, Amaranthus), Poaceae (Zea mays), Portulacaceae ( Portulaca oleracea), etc.
Spoladea recurvalis is an economical pest of amaranth. It damages a number of vegetables and other non-vegetable crops.
Flight period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plant Parasites of Europe