Seq # 321250020

Platyptilia farfarellus Zeller, 1867 Species

Last modified: April 16, 2021, 11:33 a.m.

Recorded only once for the Belgian fauna: Beez (NA), before 1906, when a caterpillar was found in the stem of Senecio vernalis. Hitherto probably extinct in our country.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Platyptilia > Species: Platyptilia farfarellus
Vernacular names
Kleine kruiskruidvedermot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1906a. Catalogue raisonné des Microlépidoptères de Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société entomologique de Belgique XIII: 1–172; XIV: 1–155. On page 52.




Wingspan about 16 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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In springtime the larvae spin the central shoots together and feed on the root-stock which is excavated and were pupation takes place.
Larvae of the summer generation live on the flower-buds and pupate in the flower-shoot.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: May and July–September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Senecio viscosus and Senecio vernalis

Some species of Senecio.

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Sandy localities, forest edges.

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