Seq # 135010030

Incurvaria oehlmanniella (Hübner, 1796) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 12:49 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium, more observed in the northern part of the country.


Family: Incurvariidae > Genus: Incurvaria > Species: Incurvaria oehlmanniella
Vernacular names
Bosbeswitvlekmot (NL), Common Leaf-cutter (EN)
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 111. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The young larva makes a circular blotch mine in the leaves of the food plant. Later on it constructs a flat case cut from the blotch and drops to the ground. This first case is replaced by a bivalved case made from two oval pieces of dead leaf. The caterpillar feeds on dead leaves.
Pupation in the case attached to some object on the ground.
The moths are active during the day, they prefer bright sunshine.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid May till the end of June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus and Rubus chamaemorus
Host plant (genera):
Swida and Prunus

The young larva lives on: Vaccinium myrtillus, Rubus chamaemorus, Swida or Prunus spp.

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