Last modified: May 28, 2021, 9:19 a.m.
A rare species in Belgium, more observed in the northern part of the country.
Wingspan 13–16 mm in male, female slightly smaller 11–14 mm. Antennae whitish. Forewing comparatively broad, pale yellow ochreous with weak reticulation and a blurry spot at the end of the cell. Male in contrast to all other Nematopogon species with a row of broader scales in the outer part of the hindwing.
Greyish-white, with a brownish tinge. Head dark brown, almost black; prothoracic plate dark brown; meso- and metathoracic plates lighter brown.
9–10 mm, flat, constructed with 4 to 6 crescent-like leaf particles.
The larva lives in a small case of silk mixed with other debris, later becoming a flat oblong one. The larvae hibernate in the case on the ground, where pupation takes place. The larval stage can take two years; in that case, the caterpillar pupates just before hibernation.
The adult moths are active during the day. Males have been observed swarming just before sunset. They occasionally come to light. Females always hide in the lower vegetation, but sometimes may be observed on light.
The adults fly in one generation a year from late May till July.
The caterpillar feeds on fallen leaves of a variety of herbaceous plants, like Vaccinium, Betula as well as on detritus.
Moist forests with an undergrowth of herbaceous plants, like Vaccinium, Calluna, Carex, Rubus.