Seq # 285010350

Mompha lacteella (Stephens, 1834) Species

Last modified: June 20, 2023, 5:44 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium. Often confused with M. confusella (not in Belgium), Mompha divisella and especially with Mompha propinquella.


Family: Momphidae > Genus: Mompha > Subgenus: Mompha > Species: Mompha lacteella
Vernacular names
Tweelingwilgenroosjesmot (NL)
Mompha gibbiferella (Zeller, 1839)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1860. Lépidoptères nouvellement découverts en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 4: 113–115. On page 115 (as gibbiferella). view page




Wingspan is about: 11 mm.
Head, thorax and tegulae beige. In fresh animals head, thorax and base of forewing staining yellowish and the front edge of the thorax darkened, the fringes in the apex of the forewings are grey to blackish and show no, or only a very slight, tinge of red.

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Specimens in nature

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Blotch mines in the lower leaves, with the frass in thick, black heaps.
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The life history is still not completely resolved. Young larvae have been recorded to feed in early spring, though some authors mention August as the feeding period. Pupation inside the mine or in the earth.
The species apparently hibernates as a young larva, though some authors state that it hibernates in the adult stage.
Adults are active at night and occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from mid May till early August. Mostly found in July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Epilobium montanum

Monophagous on Epilobium ssp.

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Woods, clearings in woods.

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