Seq # 250010010

Orophia ferrugella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Sept. 14, 2023, 12:48 p.m.

This xerothermic species is very rare and local in Belgium, recently (2012) discovered again after an absence of more than 150 years.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Cryptolechiinae > Genus: Orophia > Species: Orophia ferrugella
Vernacular names
Klokjessikkelpalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E., Sauveur J., Colbeau J. & Peteau A. 1861. Compte rendu d'une excursion entomologique faite aux environs de Dinant et de Rochefort au mois de juillet 1860. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 5: 12–32. On page 21. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


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The species hibernates in the egg stage.
The first instars mine in the leaves of the host plant, where they cause a large blotch. Later instars construct a tube from leaves which they spin together.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from late May till August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Campanula persicifolia and Campanula rotundifolia
Host plant (genera):

Oligochagous on Campanulaceae, like: Campanula persicifolia, C. rotundifolia.
It has also been observed once on Scabiosa columbaria.

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Deciduous, mixed or pine forests in xerothermic areas.

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