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Ptilocephala plumifera (Ochsenheimer, 1810) Species

Last modified: April 20, 2022, 7:07 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, only known from a few locations in the Campine area.


Family: Psychidae > Subfamily: Oiketicinae > Tribus: Oreopsychini > Genus: Ptilocephala > Species: Ptilocephala plumifera
Vernacular names
Pluimzakdrager (NL), Fächerfühler-Sackträger (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Heylaerts F. J. M. 1884. Les Psychides de la Hollande et de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 28: xci–xciv. On page xcii. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The caterpillar lives onwards from May-June, until after the hibernation in March. The species may overwinter as a fully grown caterpillar.


Length 12–15 mm, width 2–5 mm; tubular, covered with plant fragments, lichens and grains of sand and soil.

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The larva lives close to the ground. Its development takes one year.
The adult males live only 1 to 8 days, the wingless females up to one month. Males tend to fly in sunshine and on sunny mornings mainly between 9 am and 2 pm.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from late March towards late April.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Bromus erectus and Potentilla neumanniana
Host plant (genera):
Calluna and Thymus

Oligophagous on low growing woody plants, but also on herbs.

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