Ochsenheimeria taurella, Crete - photo © Jeff DockX

Ochsenheimeria taurella, Crete - photo © Jeff DockX

Ochsenheimeria taurella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)


Ochsenheimeria taurella is a moth of the family Ypsolophidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Ochsenheimeria taurella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Tinea taurella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Ypsolophus mediopectinellus (Haworth, 1828)

Ochsenheimeria mediopectinellus (Haworth, 1828)

Ochsenheimeria mediopectinella (Haworth, 1828)

Ochsenheimeria birdella (Curtis, 1831)

Common name

Liverpool feather-horn, Feathered stem-moth


Superfamily: Yponomeutoidea > Family: Ypsolophidae > Subfamily: Ochsenheimeriinae > Genus: Ochsenheimeria


11-12 mm


Crops and meadows.

Food plant

The larva is oligophagous on Poaceae (Alopecurus pratensis, Avena sativa, Bromus, Dactylis glomerata, Hordeum vulgare, Poa trivialis, Secale cereale, Triticum aestivum). Initially, for a few days, the larva mines in the leaf, and then it bores into the lower part of the stems.

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.

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plant Parasites of Europe

Lepidoptera Mundi