Cilix asiatica, Crete - photo © Andreas Manz

Cilix asiatica, Crete - photo © Andreas Manz

Cilix asiatica (Bang-Haas, 1907)


Cilix asiatica is a moth of the family Drepanidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Cilix asiatica (Bang-Haas, 1907)

Cilix glaucata var. asiatica (Bang-Haas, 1907)

Common name


Superfamily: Drepanoidea > Family: Drepanidae > Subfamily: Drepaninae > Genus: Cilix


19-21 mm


Both forewings and hindwings are porcelain-white colored. There is a series of four small grey spots along the outside edge of the forewing. The inner edge has a large dark brown stain, followed by a lighter brown stain towards the middle of the wing.

In resting position, the moth has the appearance of a bird dropping.


Sunny slopes, warm scrub, parks, and hedges.

Food plant
The larva is oligophagous on Rosaceae (Crataegus, Malus sylvestris, Prunus spinosa ), Oleaceae (Jasminum) and feeds on the leaves.
Flight Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi

Lepidoptera and their Ecology

Plant Parasites of Europe