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Limnaecia phragmitella Stainton, 1851 Species

Last modified: March 6, 2021, 10:34 a.m.

A fairly common species in the northern part of Belgium, elsewhere not so common.


Family: Cosmopterigidae > Subfamily: Antequerinae > Genus: Limnaecia > Species: Limnaecia phragmitella
Vernacular names
Lisdoddeveertje (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1946b. Microlépidoptères nouveaux pour la faune belge. — Lambillionea 46: 121–123. On page 123.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Dull white; head capsule light brown with some dark brown spots; prothoracic plate light brown.


First instars mine in the pith of a leaf-sheath? The older larva first lives in the flower-spike or enters the thin stems, at last, in springtime, it lives in the seeds, causing them to bend down so that they hang out in large, conspicuous masses. The larvae hibernate, often gregariously, inside the flower-spike.
Pupation takes place in the seed heads during springtime.
The adults fly around the food plant at dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from mid June till the end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Typha latifolia and Typha angustifolia

Oligophagous on Typha.

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Banks of lakes and rivers, freshwater ponds.

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