Seq # 135010040

Incurvaria pectinea Haworth, 1828 Species

Last modified: Feb. 22, 2021, 2:06 p.m.

A not so common species in Belgium.


Family: Incurvariidae > Genus: Incurvaria > Species: Incurvaria pectinea
Vernacular names
Berkenbladsnijdermot (NL)
Incurvaria pectinella (Fabricius, 1787), nec (Denis & Schiff., 1775) and Incurvaria zinckenii (Zeller, 1839)
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 (as linkenii [sic]). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The young larva makes a small circular blotch mine in the leaves of the food plant Then it falls to the ground in a case cut from the blotch. The caterpillar then eats withered leaves. It hibernates fully-fed in that case.
Pupation in the case, normally attached vertical among a base of a tree trunk.
The moths are active during the day and later come to light.

Flight periods

The adults fly from mid April till the end of May in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Carpinus betulus and Corylus avellana
Host plant (genera):
Betula, Malus, Alnus, Prunus, Sorbus and Swida
Dead leaves

The young larva lives on: Alnus, Betula, Corylus, Acer, Carpinus, Cornus, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, Sorbus and Tilia.

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