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Mompha conturbatella (Hübner, 1819) Species

Last modified: April 5, 2021, 12:17 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, hitherto found in the southern provinces.


Family: Momphidae > Genus: Mompha > Subgenus: Mompha > Species: Mompha conturbatella
Vernacular names
Wilgenroosjesscheutmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1859b. Supplément au catalogue des lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 133–142. On page 137. view page




Wingspan is about 17 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The caterpillar spins the upper leaves tightly together, mainly in a vertical position, and not distorting the top of the foodplant.
When full-grown the larva spins a greyish, spindle-shaped cocoon amongst detritus on the ground, close to the foodplant.
The adults hide in the foliage during daytime. They become active at night and come to light.

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Flight periods

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

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Epilobium angustifolium and Epilobium montanum

Oligophagous on Epilobium.

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Waste ground, ruderal places, clearings in woods.

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