Seq # 362240010

Selenodes karelica (Tengström, 1875) Species

Last modified: Dec. 29, 2023, 5:35 p.m.

A very rare and recent (2016) species in Belgium, few observations known.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Olethreutini > Genus: Selenodes > Species: Selenodes karelica
Vernacular names
Beemdkroonbladroller (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Wullaert S. 2017b. Resultaten van de Werkgroep Bladmineerders uit 2016 met meldingen van minerende en andere zeldzame Lepidoptera in België en met 5 nieuwe soorten voor de Belgische fauna (Coleophoridae, Tortricidae, Gelechiidae en Nepticulidae). — Phegea 45(3): 79–96. On page 93. view page


For your information, to the best of our knowledge, the first 10 Belgian observations are listed here:
1) 1 ♂ on 08.viii.2016 at Torgny (LX), leg. Werkgroep Bladmineerders, gen. det. S. Wullaert.
2) 1 ♂ on 28.v.2022 at Torgny (LX), leg. Werkgroep Bladmineerders, gen. det. S. Wullaert.
3) 1 ♀ on 30.vii.2022 at Vallée de l'Olef near Rocherath (LG), leg. Werkgroep Bladmineerders, gen. det. S. Wullaert.



Wingspan 12–15 mm. Grey-black forewings with blue-gray shiny spots and transverse bands. Head, thorax and middle body with varying amounts of light yellow-brown scales.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Larva and pupa bores in the base of the stem on the food plant.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from late May towards mid-August. Belgian specimens have been seen in May and in July/August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Knautia arvensis

The larva lives on Knautia arvensis.

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They inhabits open spaces where the host plant grows.

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