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Myelois circumvoluta (Fourcroy, 1785) Species

Last modified: Jan. 21, 2021, 11:44 a.m.

A common species in the northern part of Belgium, less common in the south.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Myelois > Species: Myelois circumvoluta
Vernacular names
Distelhermelijntje (NL)
Myelois cribrella (Hübner, 1796)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 23 (as cribrella). view page




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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly from the end of May till the end of July. They rest on thistle-heads in the evening and come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Cirsium vulgare, Arctium lappa and Cirsium eriophorum
Host plant (genera):

At first, the larva feeds on the seeds of Cirsium vulgare, C. eriophorum, Onopordum or Arctium lappa, preferably large plants. Later on it enters the stem and feeds on the pith, hibernating when nearly full-grown, often several caterpillars in one stem. Hibernation in the stem, near its circular exit-hole.

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