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Sophronia semicostella (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: Feb. 27, 2024, 10:23 a.m.

A rather rare species in Belgium, most observations originate from the Kempen.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Sophronia > Species: Sophronia semicostella
Vernacular names
Bruine zoompalpmot (NL), White-streaked Snout, White-shouldered Groundling (EN)
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 120.




Wingspan 17–21 mm.

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in vertical tubes on the lower leaves on the host plant and eats the new shoots, starting from the top. Pupation in the larval habitation.
They can observed in the afternoon as well from dusk onwards when they are attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-May towards early August with a peak during June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Anthoxanthum odoratum

The larvae feed on Anthoxanthum odoratum. Further mentioned in literature are Dianthus, Silene and Artemisia.

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It inhabits dry meadows, pastures and hillsides with low vegetation.

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