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Gymnancyla canella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Jan. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.

A very local and very rare species in Belgium, hitherto only known from the coast.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Gymnancyla > Species: Gymnancyla canella
Vernacular names
Loogkruidlichtmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Sauveur J. 1863. Notes entomologiques. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 7: 75–85. On page 84.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in July and August in one generation a year. They are active at dusk and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salsola kali
Host plant (genera):

The larva feeds on Salsola kali and very rarely on Atriplex. At first, it burrows into the stems, usually the side-shoots and later it feeds externally under a silken web on the unripe seeds. Hibernates as a pupa in a subterranean cocoon of silk mixed with sand, it may lie over two years.

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