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Phyllonorycter scopariella (Zeller, 1846) Species

Last modified: Nov. 15, 2022, 6:28 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Lithocolletinae > Genus: Phyllonorycter > Species: Phyllonorycter scopariella
Vernacular names
Bremstengelvouwmot (NL), Broom midget (EN), Besenginster-Faltenminierer (DE)
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 156. view page




Head ochreous, mixed with some white scales; forewing ground colour pale ochreous, white pattern consisting of a sinuose basal streak, often connected to the first costal stria; four or five costal and four dorsal striae, without any edging; some darker brown scales in the apical area.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



A light greyish-brown to brown, elongated mine (15–20 mm), under the bark of young, green twigs, most commonly between two ribs.
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The egg is oviposited at the tip of a young, green shoot. The caterpillar mines downwards from this spot. Pupation inside the mine. After emergence of the adult, the pupal skin protrudes from the mine.

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Flight periods

One generation a year during May and June.

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Host plant (species):
Cytisus scoparius

The species is monophagous on Cytisus scoparius.

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Dry, sandy, and xerothermic places.

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