Seq # 185330210

Phyllonorycter hilarella (Zetterstedt, 1839) Species

Last modified: May 8, 2021, 12:27 p.m.

A local and very rare species in Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter hilarella
Vernacular names
Gebandeerde wilgenvouwmot (NL), Sallow midget (EN)
Phyllonorycter spinolella (Duponchel, 1840)
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 25 (as spinolella). view page




Head ochreous; forewing ground colour golden brown, white pattern consisting of a short, thick basal line and a similar patch at the base of the inner margin; four costal and three dorsal striae, of which the first ones are merged to form a broad transversal, slightly concave band.

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Specimens in nature

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A large tentiform mine on the underside of a leaf, most of the time between two secondary veins and very much folded. Many small longitudal folds on the underside, difficult to see because of the hairs on the leaf. Frass concentrated in corner of the mine. The mine of this species cannot be distinguished from that of Ph. dubitella.
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A tough, golden brown cocoon; light pupa brown.

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The species hibernates in the pupal stage.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: May–June and August.

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Host plant (species):
Salix caprea, Salix aurita and Salix cinerea

The caterpillar mainly mines on Salix caprea, but has also been recorded from Salix aurita and S. cinerea.

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