Cryptoblabes gnidiella, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Cryptoblabes gnidiella, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Cryptoblabes gnidiella (Millière, 1867)


Cryptoblabes gnidiella is a moth of the family Pyralidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Cryptoblabes gnidiella (Millière, 1867)

Ephestia gnidiella (Millière, 1867)

Common name

Honeydew Moth, Christmas Berry Moth, Pomegranate Moth, Citrus Pyralid


Superfamily: Pyraloidea > Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Cryptoblabini > Genus: Cryptoblabes


11-20 mm


In a wide range of habitats; sometimes also in warehouses.

Food plant

The larva is polyphagous and feeds on a wide variety of plants, i.e. pomegranate, fig, peach, pear, plum, wheat, corn, vine, mango, lemon and other citrus fruits, avocado, tamarind, etc. It devours fruit and buds, but also honeydew from aphids and oozing fluids from damaged fruit.

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

Lepidoptera Mundi

Lepiforum e. V.

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plant Parasites of Europe