Seq # 185330150

Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella (Bouché, 1834) Species

Last modified: April 10, 2021, 12:09 p.m.

Locally fairly common to common, mainly observed in Flanders.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella
Vernacular names
Kamperfoelievouwmot (NL), Large midget (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 157. view page




Head brownish; forewing ground colour brown, pattern consisting of a short white basal line, four costal and four (sometimes a fifth very small) dorsal white striae, the first and second pair usually merged to form a transversal band.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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A whitish tentiform mine on the underside of a leaf, one large and many small longitudinal folds. When the mine is constructed in a small leaf, it might occupy the entire leaf surface, in such cases the leaf is very much contorted. The black frass is concentrated in one side of the mine.
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A tough olive-green cocoon inside the mine, later turning into light brown.


In the autum, the mined leaf drops down to the ground where it witters completely during the winter and only the tough cocoon remains to protect the pupa inside.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: May and August.

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Host plant (species):
Lonicera periclymenum, Lonicera xylosteum and Symphoricarpos albus

The larva lives on: Lonicera periclymenum, L. xylosteum and on Symphoricarpos albus. It has also been recorded from other species of Lonicera, but most of these do not occur in Belgium.

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Parks and gardens where Lonicera or Symphoricarpos albus are planted as ornamental plants.

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