Seq # 265550010

Scrobipalpa acuminatella (Sircom, 1850) Species

Last modified: Feb. 27, 2024, 11:09 a.m.

A not so common species in Belgium, mainly observed in the northern part of the country.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gnorimoschemini > Genus: Scrobipalpa > Species: Scrobipalpa acuminatella
Vernacular names
Distelzandvleugeltje (NL), Common Thistle Miner, Pointed Groundling (EN), Kratzdistel-Palpenmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862c. Notes sur quelques lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 170–176. On page 172.




Wingspan 10–16 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The larva lives in blotch mines along the midrib where it reposes and where frass is deposited, the fresh parts of the mine are light green, later becoming brownish. The larve changes mines several times and spins a cocoon on the ground where it pupates. The pupa of the second generation hibernates.
The adults become active before sunset and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from April till June and again from July towards September. The species is also found irregularly in other months

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Carduus, Cirsium and Centaurea

The larva lives on various species of thistles mainly on Carduus and Cirsium like Cirsium acaule, Cirsium vulgare, Cirsium palustre, Cirsium oleraceum, Cirsium heterophyllum, Carduus nutans and also on Serratula tinctoria, Centaurea scabiosa and Centaurea jacea

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It inhabits field edges, pastures, meadows, rough grounds etc...

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