Seq # 100010060

Micropterix tunbergella (Fabricius, 1787) Species

Last modified: Nov. 24, 2023, 2:47 p.m.

A very rare rare species in Belgium. It has its stronghold in the provinces of NA and LX.


Family: Micropterigidae > Genus: Micropterix > Species: Micropterix tunbergella
Vernacular names
Bosoermot (NL), Red-barred Gold (EN)
Micropterix thunbergella (Fabricius, 1794) , Micropterix depictella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) and Micropterix anderschella sensu auct.
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 115 (as M.[icropteryx] [sic] Depictella F. V. R.; H. S.). view page




This species is an attractive tiny moth having a wingspan of 9–11 mm. It wears purplish markings on a metallic golden ground colour and has an orange-tufted head.

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Specimens in nature


The caterpillar is still unknown.

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The life cycle is still unknown. The imago is day-active and can be found feeding on pollen of the flowers of herbaceous plants. Especially the inflorescences of Quercus spp., Acer pseudoplatanus and Crataegus spp. are mentioned.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid April till early June.

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The hostplant of the larva is unknown.

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The species occurs in areas with mixed deciduous forest on sandy and calcareous soils.

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