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Sitochroa palealis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 14, 2021, 2:22 p.m.

A fairly common immigrant throughout Belgium, which can establish itself temporarily for a certain period. Numbers can vary from year to year.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Pyraustinae > Tribus: Pyraustini > Genus: Sitochroa > Species: Sitochroa palealis
Vernacular names
Bruidsmot (NL)
Sitochroa selenalis (Hübner, 1819)
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 19. view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults have mainly been observed in June and July. They fly at dusk and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Heracleum sphondylium
Host plant (genera):
Daucus, Pastinaca and Foeniculum

The larva feed on the flowers and the seeds of Daucus, Pastinaca, Heracleum sphondylium or Foeniculum. It spins the flowers together and hibernates, sometimes two years, in that spinning. Pupation takes place in a tough silken cocoon in the earth.

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