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Pempelia palumbella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: June 28, 2022, 12:31 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium, most observations from the Kempen area and the southern part of the country.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Pempelia > Species: Pempelia palumbella
Vernacular names
Heidelichtmot (NL)
Pempelia albariella sensu auct.
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




Wingspan: 21–27 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in a tubular, frass-covered web on the food plant. Pupation takes place in a thick white cocoon in the earth or at the base of the food plant.
The adults are active at dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid June till late September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Thymus drucei
Host plant (genera):
Erica, Calluna and Polygala

The larva lives on Erica, Calluna, Polygala or Thymus.

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