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Phyllonorycter salicicolella (Sircom, 1848) Species

Last modified: April 10, 2021, 1:45 p.m.

A widespread and fairly common species in Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter salicicolella
Vernacular names
Wilgenvouwmot (NL), Long-streak midget (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1860. Lépidoptères nouvellement découverts en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 4: 113–115. On page 115. view page




Head brown, mixed with white scales: forewing ground colour brown to golden brown; white pattern consisting of a baseal streak, not edged and mostly a little sinuous; an indistinct patch on the dorsum near the base; four costal and three dorsal striae, the basal ones often merged to form a chevron.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


A rather small, elongated tentiform mine on the underside of a leaf, in many cases close to the leaf margin, causing the leaf to fold over the mine. The dark frass is concentrated in one corner of the mine.
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A flimsy, whitish or yellowish cocoon. Pupal skin reddish brown.

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The species hibernates in the pupal stage, among leaf litter on the ground. After emergence of the adult the pupal skin protrudes from the mine.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: April–May and August–September.

Observed on

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

The species lives on Salix, with a preference for Salix caprea, but it has also been recorded from Salix aurita and S. cinerea.

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