Seq # 265490020

Psoricoptera speciosella Teich, 1893 Species

Last modified: Feb. 27, 2024, 10:21 a.m.

First observation for Belgium in 1997 in LX, second approved observation in 2020 in LX.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Psoricoptera > Species: Psoricoptera speciosella
Vernacular names
Bergeikenborsteltje (NL), Nördlicher Schuppen-Palpenfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Valenne Y. 2000. Trois nouveaux Gelechiidae pour la faune belge (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). — Phegea 28(1): 11–12. On page 11. view page




Wingspan 17–21 mm. Very similar to Psoricoptera gibbosella, but it has the forewing more blackish coloured and has occasionally brownish areas.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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For differences see under Psoricoptera gibbosella.

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The larva of Psoricoptera speciosella looks very similar of Psoricoptera gibbosella but both larvae seem to vary in a similar way. The larva of Psoricoptera speciosella has in many cases a paler anal plate than Psoricoptera gibbosella, but both larvae of the two species cannot safely separated, but usually prefer different host plants.

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The larva lives in spun leaves on the host plant. The adults become active around dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults are usually on the wing from early August till September. The first Belgian individual was captured late June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salix caprea

The larva feeds on Salix caprea.

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It inhabits mixed forests, also in wet meadows colonized by willows.

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