Seq # 490590010

Pempeliella ornatella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Jan. 21, 2021, 2:20 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, not seen for a while. Rediscovered again in NA in 2020.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Pempeliella > Species: Pempeliella ornatella
Vernacular names
Tijmlichtmot (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 23. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; onwards from mid June towards August. Easily disturbed by day. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Thymus drucei

The larva lives in a web amongst the roots of Thymus.

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