Seq # 195110010

Ochsenheimeria taurella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 23, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

A rarely observed species in Belgium, but probably overlooked.


Family: Ypsolophidae > Subfamily: Ochsenheimeriinae > Genus: Ochsenheimeria > Species: Ochsenheimeria taurella
Vernacular names
Tarwestekelmot (NL)
Ochsenheimeria mediopectinellus (Haworth, 1828)
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 114.




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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from mid June towards September. They can be seen flying during early afternoon sunshine. They occasionally come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Secale cereale

The larva mines the lower stems of different grasses like Alopecurus, Bromus, Dactylis glomerata and Poa. It frequently changes stems. It pupates in a white cocoon spun in a folded leaf or leaf-sheath or on a stem of the food plant or other grasses.

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