Seq # 185330360

Phyllonorycter nicellii (Stainton, 1851) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 6:02 p.m.

A widespread and common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter nicellii
Vernacular names
Hazelaarvouwmot (NL), Red hazel 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 ochreous brown; forewing ground colour golden brown; white pattern consisting of some white scales at the base of the wing; two transversal lines, edged basally with a thin row of dark brown scales; one to three, small costal and one to two, small dorsal striae; a patch of dark brown scales in the apical area.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Whitish green with dark brown to blackish head capsule.

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At first a rather small, rectangular tentiform mine on the underside of a leaf, later growing into a long mine, situated between two secondary veins. On the underside a conspicuous central fold, and adjacent to that a series of small, inconspicuous folds. The mine is strongly contorted and the central part remains green for a long period with the two ends white with brown spots. The dark frass is concentrated in one corner of the mine.
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An oval, white cocoon attached to both the roof and the bottom of the mine. Pupa light brown.

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

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: April till early June and July–August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Corylus avellana

The larva is monophagous on Corylus avellana.