Seq # 265370040

Metzneria metzneriella (Stainton, 1851) Species

Last modified: March 8, 2021, 2:25 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, easily confused with other members of the genus.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anomologinae > Genus: Metzneria > Species: Metzneria metzneriella
Vernacular names
Knoopkruidpalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862c. Notes sur quelques lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 170–176. On page 173.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in the seed heads of the food plant and hibernates inside before pupating in late May.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from June till August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Centaurea nigra and Serratula tinctoria

The larva lives in the seedheads on Centaurea nigra or Serratula tinctoria.

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