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Scythris limbella (Fabricius, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 7, 2021, 4:03 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium, especially in the northern part of the country.


Family: Scythrididae > Genus: Scythris > Species: Scythris limbella
Vernacular names
Lichte dikkopmot (NL)
Scythris quadriguttella (Thunberg, 1794) , Scythris tristella (Hübner, 1799), nec (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) and Scythris chenopodiella (Hübner, 1813)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 124 (as chenopodiella, tristella). view page




Wingspan: 15–16 mm

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in a web amongst the shoots and flowers of the food plant. The first instars live gregariously but later stages disperse and live solitarily. They can be found in May–June and in July–August.
Adults rarely fly and when they do, just short distances. They can often be found resting on walls or fences.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: May–June and from late August till early October.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Atriplex and Chenopodium

Oligophagous on Atriplex and Chenopodium.

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Ruderal places, waste ground, dry pastures.

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