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Phyllonorycter apparella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) Species

Last modified: April 10, 2021, 11:52 a.m.

A very rare species in Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter apparella
Vernacular names
Schaarse espenvouwmot (NL), Aspen midget (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1860. Lépidoptères nouvellement découverts en Belgique. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 4: 113–115. On page 115. view page




Head white, forewing ground colour white with light brown striae and other markings.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Deposited singly on the underside of a leaf.

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Oval tentiform mine on the underside of a leaf, visible from the upperside like a yellowish green blotch. The mine has some rosy-purplish tinge. Usually one, but sometimes two strongly folds in centre of the mine.
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A rather large, whitish cocoon.

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

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: from late April till June and again in August.

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Host plant (species):
Populus tremula and Populus canescens

The larva lives on Populus canescens and P. tremula.

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