Seq # 265380080

Monochroa suffusella (Douglas, 1850) Species

Last modified: Feb. 26, 2024, 6:46 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anomologinae > Genus: Monochroa > Species: Monochroa suffusella
Vernacular names
Tweevlekboegsprietmot (NL), Notch-wing Neb, Cottongrass Borer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Slootmaekers D. & De Prins W. 2015. 2015. Monochroa suffusella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae, Gelechiinae), new to the Belgian fauna. — Phegea 43(4): 112–114. On page 112. view page




Wingspan 10–13 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


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A mining species of which the larvae live in the stalk and leaves of the food plant. During winter they mine the basal part of the leaves of its hostplant. In spring the overwintered larvae mine higher in the leaf. The larva exits the mine via a hole at the upper side of the leaf.
The adults become active in late afternoon and mater come sparsely to light.

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Flight periods

Adults fly from late May through July, with most specimens recorded in June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Eriophorum angustifolium

The larva lives on Eriophorum angustifolium.

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It inhabits damp places like fens, marshes and lowland raised bogs.

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