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Hellinsia carphodactyla (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: Nov. 18, 2022, 5:25 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, with most observations in the southern part of the country.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Hellinsia > Species: Hellinsia carphodactyla
Vernacular names
Donderkruidvedermot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 161. view page




Wingspan: 14–23 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



The larva of the first generation lives in the stems, and the second generation lives in the flower buds and on the seed heads.
Pupation takes place in the excavated stem parts.
The adults are active at dusk and night and come readily to light.

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Flight periods

Two generations a yerar: from May to July and again in August–September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Inula conyza, Buphthalmum salicifolium and Carlina vulgaris

The main foodplant is Inula conyza, but the larvae have been observed on other Inula species and even on other Asteraceae.

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