Seq # 245140010

Metalampra cinnamomea (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: March 4, 2021, 3:33 p.m.

A very local and rare species in Belgium. Used to be confused with Metalampra italica which was described as recent as in 1977.


Family: Oecophoridae > Subfamily: Oecophorinae > Genus: Metalampra > Species: Metalampra cinnamomea
Vernacular names
Kaneelsikkelmot (NL), Zimtfarbener Faulholzfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Becker L. 1861. Insectes observés en Campine pendant le mois d'août 1860. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 5: 33–57. On page 43. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The species hibernates in the larval stage.
Adults are active in the early morning hours. They come to light.

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Flight periods

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

Observed on

Dead wood and Decaying vegetable matter

The larva lives under the dead bark of deciduous and pine trees on rotten plant material; tree species mentioned include: Abies alba, Alnus, Betula, Fagus sylvatica, Fraxinus, Pinus, Populus, Quercus, and Robinia.

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Pine forests, mixed and deciduous forests, especially in open places and on sandy soil, parks, abandoned ruderal places with a lot of old wood.

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