Batia cf lunaris, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Batia cf lunaris, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Batia lunaris (Haworth, 1828)


Batia lunaris is a moth of the family Oecophoridae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Batia lunaris (Haworth, 1828)

Recurvaria lunaris (Haworth, 1828)

Gracillaria begrandella (Duponchel, 1842)

Lampros clavella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)

Common name

Lesser Tawny Crescent


Superfamily: Gelechioidea > Family: Oecophoridae > Subfamily: Oecophorinae > Tribus: Oecophorini > Genus: Batia


7-11 mm


River banks, stream banks, ravines.

Food plant

The larva feeds under the bark of various trees, possibly on fungi or decaying wood.

Flight period*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

*based on a few observations on the island


Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi


Two different species from the same habitat are depicted in the photos. The identification was based on the observation of their external characteristics (e.g. wingspan 9-10 mm), as well as on the observation of the habitat (stream bank, moths spotted exclusively on Rubus sanctus plants, etc.).

Doubtful identification.