Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Batia lunaris (Haworth, 1828)
Recurvaria lunaris Haworth, 1828
Batia metznerella (Treitschke, 1835)
Batia begrandella (Duponchel, 1842)
Batia clavella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854)
* phylogenetic sequence #030200
Wingspan 7-10 mm.
Forewing length 4.5-5 mm. (1)
European import first seen in the USA in 1931. Oregon's Willamette Valley and from the Puget Sound south into California. (1)
The moth flies in July and August, is mainly nocturnal in habits, and is attracted to light.
The larvae of most Batia species feed under the bark of various trees, possibly on fungi or decaying wood.
The larva lives under dead bark of various trees and shrubs, in dead wood on fences etc. It has also been observed in mite galls on Salix. It hibernates. Pupation in the larval feeding place.
Hodges, R.W. 1974. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2: p.112, pl.A.4 (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p.62, pl.4.38f (1)