Seq # 490610040

Phycitodes maritima (Tengström, 1848) Species

Last modified: July 16, 2024, 5:42 p.m.

Status and distribution in Belgium insufficiently known, but it is assumed that this is still a rare species, although it's one of the commoner members of the genus.
Distribution after 2004 is based on individuals who have been examined for genitalia.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Phycitodes > Species: Phycitodes maritima
Vernacular names
Smalle weidemot (NL), Rainfarnsprossgallen-Zünsler (DE)
Phycitodes carlinella (Heinemann, 1865) and Phycitodes cretacella (Rössler, 1866)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1956. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 56: 1, 58, 81. On page 58.




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



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

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Flight periods

The adults can be seen from early May towards early September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Senecio jacobaea, Tanacetum vulgare and Achillea millefolium

The larva feeds on Senecio jacobaea, Tanacetum vulgare or Achillea millefolium.

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