Seq # 265380050

Monochroa lutulentella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Dec. 7, 2022, 10:37 a.m.

It has been discovered in Belgium on 1964-07-18 in a plant nursery at Melle in the Ghent region (OV), more observations became known after 2004. Hitherto still a very rare and local species.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anomologinae > Genus: Monochroa > Species: Monochroa lutulentella
Vernacular names
Spireaboegsprietmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Van Daele E. & Pelerents C. 1969. Synthèse des observations effectuées pendant quatre années sur les lépidoptères nocturnes de la région horticole gantoise. — Mededelingen Rijksfaculteit Landbouwwetenschappen Gent 34: 31–56. On page 39.




Almost unicolour brown with a dark brown small spot in the apical area.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The caterpillar bores in the roots of the food plant. Caterpillars have been found in May–June.
Pupation in the larval feeding place.

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Flight periods

One generation a year from May till September. Because of this long period, it is sometimes presumed that there might be two generations a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Filipendula ulmaria

Monophagous on Filipendula ulmaria though it has been doubtfully recorded also from Spiraea.

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Wet meadows, swamps, moist habitats at forest edges.

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