Seq # 185330270

Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Dec. 5, 2023, 12:55 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium, more distributed in the northern part.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter kuhlweiniella
Vernacular names
Gezaagde eikenvouwmot (NL), Scarce oak midget (EN)
Phyllonorycter hortella (Fabricius, 1794), nr. 174, nec nr. 32 and Phyllonorycter saportella (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 saportella). view page




Head white; forewing ground colour white, the ochreous pattern consisting of a transversal band near the base of the wing, two chevrons pointing distally, one costal stria just before the apex; a small longitudinal line just before the apex and a dark brown hook in the apical cilia. In some specimens these chevrons are interrupted in the middle.

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Specimens in nature

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A rather small (diameter ca 15 mm) semicircular, tentiform mine at the underside of a leaf, most of the time situated at the margin of a leaf or leaflet. The leaf margin is folded over the mine. At the undersite many small, longitudinal folds.
The black frass in concentrated in one corner of the mine.
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A large, but not tough, white cocoon attached to the roof of the mine.

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Pupation inside a whitish cocoon in the mine. The species hibernates in the pupal stage between leaves on the ground. The pupal skin protrudes from the mine after emergence of the adult.
The adults rest on tree trunks during the day and later come to light.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: April–early June and late June to early August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Quercus robur, Quercus petraea and Quercus pubescens
Host plant (genera):

The species lives on Quercus species, with a preference for Quercus robur, but also on Q. petraea and Q. pubescens.

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Dry, sandy and xerothermic places where the larval host plant grows.

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