Seq # 245130010

Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Stainton, 1849) Species

Last modified: March 4, 2021, 3:32 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium, in some places a common household pest.


Family: Oecophoridae > Subfamily: Oecophorinae > Genus: Hofmannophila > Species: Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Vernacular names
Bruine huismot (NL), Brown house moth (EN), Samenmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Houyez P. 1966. Méfions nous de Borkhausenia pseudospretella Stt. (Microlép. Oecophoridae). — Lambillionea 65: 34–35. On page 34.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Dull whitish; head capsule reddish brown; prothoracic plate ochreous.



The eggs are oviposited on or near dead or decaying organic material.
Pupation in the larval feeding place, in a tough cocoon of silk mixed with the material on which the larva has fed.
The adults are active during late evening and night and readily come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed the all year round, most specimens however in July and August. There are probably several generations a year, especially when the caterpillars can develop indoors.

Observed on

Stored products (grain, rice, nuts, etc.), Fur, horse-hair, refuse of animal origin, Decaying animal matter and Decaying vegetable matter

The larva lives on: seeds, dried plants, wool, cotton, skins, dead insects, frass, books, in birds nests, etc.


Houses, barns, storage rooms, nests of birds, abandoned gardens and forests.

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