Seq # 130030080

Nemophora ochsenheimerella (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: July 7, 2022, 7:13 p.m.

A very rare and local species throughout Belgium.


Family: Adelidae > Subfamily: Adelinae > Genus: Nemophora > Species: Nemophora ochsenheimerella
Vernacular names
Geoogde langsprietmot (NL), Ochsenheimers Langhornfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1947a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge. — Lambillionea 47(1–2): 2, 27, 57. On page 27.




Wingspan 13–15 mm. General forewing pattern similar to Nemophora degeerella but immediately differentiated from it by a conspicuous yellow spot in the apical area.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Yellowish; head capsule and thoracic plates brown.

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The first case consists of a needle of Abies alba of which the contents are eaten. The later case is constructed with 4 to 6 pieces of dry leaves, resembling those of Nematopogon. The case is variable in construction and size, from 9–11 mm.

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The eggs are probably oviposited in the needles of Abies alba. The young larva eats the contents of the needle and hibernates inside it. After hibernation, it constructs its second case which is gradually enlarged. The full-grown larva hibernates a second time inside this case. Pupation in springtime.
The moths are active during the day and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-May till early July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Abies alba

The larva lives on Abies alba. But it also feeds on leaf litter on the ground under Picea abies and Abies alba.

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Mixed forests in rather cool habitats.

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