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Selagia argyrella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 24, 2023, 4:04 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, mainly observed in the Kempen region.
This is an Asian species with a sparsely distribution into Europe and inhabits dry uncultivated ground, dry heathland etc...


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Selagia > Species: Selagia argyrella
Vernacular names
Goudlichtmot (NL), Silvery Knot-horn (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 23. view page




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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly during June and August. They fly at night and comes to light.

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Host plant (genera):

The larvae live on Calluna, Helianthemum and Potentilla. They feed between spun leaves and hibernate in a cocoon amongst the food plant.

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