Last modified: Nov. 8, 2022, 11:27 a.m.
A rare species throughout Belgium, with most observations from the Kempen area.
The color of the forewings, the expression of the paired black dots and the presence and intensity of dark and whitish scales are quite variable. An apparently constant feature is found on the thorax and can be used to distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Pseudotelphusa aenigma if the thoracic scales are well preserved.
The thorax has 4-5 black scale spots, with the rear (central) point occasionally being absent. The front pair of dots is clearly defined in P. paripunctella, while it is absent or only very faintly indicated in Pseudotelphusa aenigma. The hindwings are grey in both species and do not help in distinguishing them. A reliable determination is guaranteed by genital examination.
The adults fly from end of April till July.