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Monochroa divisella (Douglas, 1850) Species

Last modified: Feb. 26, 2024, 6:33 p.m.

First observation of this species in Belgium was on 14 June 2003 in AN. Hitherto a very rare and local species in our country. A rare species in Europe.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anomologinae > Genus: Monochroa > Species: Monochroa divisella
Vernacular names
Donkere boegsprietmot (NL), Scarce Marsh Neb, Iris Miner (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2005c. Monochroa divisella, a new species for the Belgian fauna (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). — Phegea 33(1): 37–40. On page 37. view page




Wingspan 15–16 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The larva makes a large blotch-mine in the leaves of the food plant.
The adults sometimes come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-June towards late July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Iris pseudacorus

The larva lives on Iris pseudacorus. The species prefers plants that grow in the shade of willows (Salix sp.). ​

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It prefers fenland and similar damp biotopes.

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