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Paratalanta hyalinalis (Hübner, 1796) Species

Last modified: Aug. 6, 2020, 9:39 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, mainly observed in the southern part of the country.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Pyraustinae > Tribus: Pyraustini > Genus: Paratalanta > Species: Paratalanta hyalinalis
Vernacular names
Toortsmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 19. view page




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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in June and July. They are active at dusk and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Centaurea nigra and Verbascum thapsus

The larva, when young, lives under a slight web on the underside of a leaf of Centaurea nigra or Verbascum thapsus, making transparent blotches. After hibernation, it lives on the young leaves from a silken gallery at the base of the foodplant. Pupation in a gauzy white cocoon in leaves at the base of the foodplant.

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