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Phyllonorycter muelleriella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Dec. 15, 2023, 5:03 p.m.

A very local and rare species in Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter muelleriella
Vernacular names
Gevlekte eikenvouwmot (NL), Western midget (EN)
Phyllonorycter amyotella (Duponchel, 1840)
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 155 (as amyotella). view page




Head brown; forewing ground colour golden brown; white pattern consisting of a quadrangular basal spot at dorsum, edged with dark brown scales; two costal and two dorsal striae, opposite to each other, the basal ones edged with brown scales on both sides, the proximal ones only at their basal side; a very small apical stria just before the apex; some white scales adjacent to a very dark brown horizontal line in the apical area. In the cilia a conspicuous brown-greyish hook.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


A rather narrow, but long tentiform mine between two secondary veins, the base of the mine touches the main vein. Underside with one conspicuous, longitudinal fold in the middle.
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A cocoon attached both to the roof and the bottom of the mine; some frass is incorporated in the cocoon.

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The species hibernates in the pupal stage. After emergence of the adult, the pupal skin protrudes from the mine.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: May and July–August.

Observed on

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

The species lives preferably on Quercus, mainly Quercus robur and Q. petraea, but it has also been recorded on Q. pubescens and Q. cerris.

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The species seems to prefer a xerothermic environment, like the sandy soils of the Kempen (AN and LI).

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