Seq # 300010005

Scythris cicadella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: April 7, 2021, 11:49 a.m.

Recorded for the first time in Belgium in 2013. Hitherto a very rare species.


Family: Scythrididae > Genus: Scythris > Species: Scythris cicadella
Vernacular names
Gevlekte dikkopmot (NL), Knäuelmieren-Heidefalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2016. Catalogus van de Belgische Lepidoptera – Catalogue of the Lepidoptera of Belgium. — Entomobrochure 9: 1–279. On page 92. view page




Wingspan: 10 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in a long silken gallery in which sand and debris is used. It is attached solidly to the foodplant. Pupation in June–July.
The adults rarely fly, they tend to jump in sunshine close to the ground in the vicinity of the food plant.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: June–July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Scleranthus annuus and Scleranthus perennis
Host plant (genera):

Oligophagous on some Caryophyllaceae like Scleranthus annuus or S. perennis, but also observed rarely on Hieracium (Asteraceae).

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Xerothermic sandy soils, arable land.

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