Seq # 285010370

Mompha propinquella (Stainton, 1851) Species

Last modified: April 12, 2021, 11:37 a.m.

A rather rare species in Belgium, though widespread.


Family: Momphidae > Genus: Mompha > Subgenus: Mompha > Species: Mompha propinquella
Vernacular names
Bonte wilgenroosjesmot (NL)
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 149. view page




Wingspan is about: 12 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Large blotch mines in the lower leaves, sometimes occupying the entire leaf.
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The larva often change from one leaf to the other, causing large blotch mines.
Pupation in an ochreous cocoon inside the final mine or on the ground.
The species hibernates as a young larva.
The adults are active at night and come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from June till late August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Epilobium hirsutum, Epilobium montanum, Epilobium palustre and Epilobium tetragonum

Oligophagous on Epilobium, with a preference of Epilobium hirsutum.

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Open woodland, waste ground, ruderal places, gardens.

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