Seq # 321250040

Platyptilia nemoralis Zeller, 1841 Species

Last modified: April 16, 2021, 11:39 a.m.

A very rare species in Belgium. Possibly overlooked due to it resemblance with: Platyptilia gonodactyla and Platyptilia calodactyla.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Platyptilia > Species: Platyptilia nemoralis
Vernacular names
Moeraskruiskruidvedermot (NL), Riesenfedermotte (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 159. view page




Wingspan: 28–32 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in the shoots, sometimes several larvae in each shoot, which then swells. Frass is removed through a small hole in the stem.
Pupation inside the stem, the pupal period lasts only 14 days.
The adults are active at night and come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from early July till late August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Senecio fuchsii, Senecio fluviatilis and Senecio nemorensis

Oligophagous on Senecio.

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Wet places in forests, marshes, along brooks.

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