Seq # 265550070

Scrobipalpa nitentella (Fuchs, 1902) Species

Last modified: Feb. 27, 2024, 11:39 a.m.

A very rare and local species in the north of Belgium.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gnorimoschemini > Genus: Scrobipalpa > Species: Scrobipalpa nitentella
Vernacular names
Kwelderzandvleugeltje (NL), Common Sea Groundling, Coast Orache Miner (EN), Queller-Palpenmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Jansen M. G. M. 2002. Scrobipalpa nitentella, nieuw voor de Belgische fauna (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). — Phegea 30(4): 192. On page 192. view page




Wingspan 11–15 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The early instars starts mining the leaves producing a U or horseshoe-shaped mine, later it lives among spun leaves where it furthers mines the thickness of the leaves, or it consumes the unripe seeds which are spun loosely together. Pupation takes place in a cocoon on the ground where it overwinters.
The adults become active before sunset and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults can be seen from late May till early September. Normally univoltine, but regularly a small second generation appears.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Atriplex portulacoides, Atriplex prostrata, Suaeda maritima and Beta vulgaris L. var. maritima
Host plant (genera):
Salicornia, Chenopodium and Salsola

The larva feeds on a large variety of Chenopodiaceae like different species of Atriplex, Chenopodium and Suaeda. Also reported from Salicornia europaea, Beta maritima, Salsola kali.

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It inhabits salt marshes and xerothermic halophytic vegetation.

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