Cilix glaucata, Crete - photo © Nikos Cheiladakis

Cilix glaucata, Crete - photo © Nikos Cheiladakis

Cilix glaucata (Scopoli, 1763)


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

Scientific name

Cilix glaucata (Scopoli, 1763)

Phalaena glaucata (Scopoli, 1763)

Cilix ruffa (Linnaeus, 1767)

Cilix spinula (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Bombyx compressa (Fabricius, 1777)

Cilix modesta (Walch, 1779)

Cilix aeruginata (Turati, 1907)

Cilix angelina (Dannehl, 1925)

Common name

Chinese Character


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


18-25 mm


Both forewings and hindwings are porcelain-white colored. There is a series of 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, orchards, and phrygana.

Food plant
The larva is oligophagous on Rosaceae (Crataegus monogyna, Malus domestica, Malus sylvestris, Prunus domestica, Prunus spinosa, Pyrus communis) 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