Seq # 490610010

Phycitodes albatella (Ragonot, 1887) Species

Last modified: March 11, 2023, 7:49 p.m.

A rare and local species in Belgium.
Distribution after 2004 is based on individuals who have been examined for genitalia.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Phycitodes > Species: Phycitodes albatella
Vernacular names
Grootvlekweidemot (NL)
Phycitodes pseudonimbella Bentinck, 1936
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1959b. Notes sur les Microlépidoptères de Belgique. V. Révision des exemplaires belges des genres: Homoeosoma Curtis (Pyralidae, Phycitinae), Oxyptilus Zeller (s.l.) (Pterophoridae), Cnephasia Curtis (Tort., Tortricinae), Bactra Stephens (Tort., Olethreutinae). — Bulletin du Musée royal d'Histoire naturelle de Belgique 35(27): 1–32. On page 8.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The larva lives in the upper stem and leaf-axils, later on the flowers in a web on the food plant. The larvae of the second generation hibernate in their cocoon. Pupation in another cocoon. The adults are active at night and come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: late May till mid June and again from July till September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Solidago virgaurea and Senecio jacobaea
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on Senecio, Crepis and Solidago.

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