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Nymphula nitidulata (Hufnagel, 1767) Species

Last modified: Aug. 20, 2021, 12:31 p.m.

An uncommon species in Belgium, mainly observed in the Kempen.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Acentropinae > Genus: Nymphula > Species: Nymphula nitidulata
Vernacular names
Egelskopmot (NL)
Nymphula stagnata (Donovan, 1806) and Nymphula nymphaealis sensu auct., nec (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 57 (as nymphaealis). view page




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Specimens in nature


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When young, the larva mines mainly the leaves or the stem of its foodplant. It hibernates. Later it lives amongst spun leaves just below the surface of the water. Pupation in a white silk cocoon attached to the foodplant at or just below the water-level.
The adults are active at dusk and come to light.

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Flight periods

One extended, or two difficult to separate, generations a year: from late April till early September.

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Host plant (species):
Sparganium erectum and Sparganium emersum

Oligophagous. Records of Butomus umbellatus, Nuphar lutea and Glyceria maxima need confirmation.

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