Seq # 195110010

Ochsenheimeria taurella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 25, 2022, 10:40 a.m.

A very rare 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. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva mines the lower stems of different grasses. 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.
The adults can be seen flying during early afternoon sunshine. They occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from mid June towards September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Secale cereale

The larva mines the lower stems of different grasses like: Alopecurus, Bromus, Dactylis glomerata or Poa.

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