Seq # 265460040

Mirificarma lentiginosella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Feb. 27, 2024, 10:03 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Mirificarma > Species: Mirificarma lentiginosella
Vernacular names
Witpootpalpmot (NL), Greenweed Groundling (EN)
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 172.




Wingspan 14–16 mm.

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Specimens in nature

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The larva lives initially in pod-shaped folded leaves of terminal shoots, eating them when they are small and undeveloped causing a distorded growth, later in leaves spun together. Pupation takes place in a cocoon on the ground.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

They are on the wing from early August till mid-September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Genista tinctoria

The larva lives on different species of Genista, mainly on Genista tinctoria, also on Genista anglica, Genista sagittalis. Also found on Chamaecytisus supinus and Laburnum anagyroides.

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It inhabits downland, grasslands and heaths.

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