Seq # 490675010

Uncinus obductella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Dec. 29, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, mainly observed in the southern provinces.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Uncinus > Species: Uncinus obductella
Vernacular names
Honinglichtmot (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




The adults are active at dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid June towards early August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Mentha arvensis
Host plant (genera):
Origanum and Calamintha

The larva lives in a spun terminal shoot on Origanum, Mentha or Calamintha. It constructs a lare web intermixed with dead leaves of the foodplant. It hibernates and pupates in July of the next year in the earth or amongst leaf-litter in a tough, papery cocoon.

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