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Nemophora congruella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: May 24, 2021, 11:47 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, only known from LG.


Family: Adelidae > Subfamily: Adelinae > Genus: Nemophora > Species: Nemophora congruella
Vernacular names
Geaderde langsprietmot (NL), Gelbschwarzer Nadelwald-Langhornfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1954a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 54: 3–4, 33–34, 57–58. On page 4.




Wingspan 15–17 mm. Antenna in male 2,5 times the wing length. The thorax is shining bronzy golden coloured. The dominant colour of the forewings is shiny golden yellow-orange, with longitudinal violet-black streaks. Forewings have a broad transversal yellow fascia across the entire wing's width at about 2/3 of the forewing length. This central band is bordered by two lead-grey bands with a black border. These two bands are nearly as broad as the central yellow part. The basal part of the wings has three longitudinal lead-grey, bluish-violet shining stripes reaching the transversal fascia. Hind wings are brownish-grey.
Can be confused with Nemophora degeerella but the latter has a darker dominant forewing ground colour. The forewing fascia in N. congruella is located closer to the base and the forewings markings are bright yellow instead of almost leather-brown. The central transversal fascia is more straight.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in an arched case of needles.

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Up to 10 mm long. The flattened case is parallel-sided. It is the only case in this genus where pine needles are arranged across the case.

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The larvae were found among detritus at the feet of Picea abies and Abies alba. They are fully grown in late summer and pupate during wintertime. Adults fly during the daytime and at dusk. Males have occasionally been observed at light during the night.

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Flight periods

Adults can be seen from mid-May towards mid-July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Picea abies

The larva feeds on fallen needles of Picea abies and on general detritus.

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Cool, shadowy pine forests with a lot of Abies alba and other pine trees.

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