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Sterrhopterix fusca (Haworth, 1809) Species

Last modified: Feb. 25, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

In Belgium mainly observed in the Kempen and in the south of the country, but the species has been recorded throughout our country.


Family: Psychidae > Subfamily: Oiketicinae > Tribus: Phalacropterigini > Genus: Sterrhopterix > Species: Sterrhopterix fusca
Vernacular names
Grijze heidezakdrager (NL), Laubholz-Sackträger (DE)
Sterrhopterix hirsutella (Hübner, 1796), nec (Denis & Schiff., 1775) and Sterrhopterix calvella (Ochsenheimer, 1810)
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 9 (as calvella). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Length 12–22 mm, width 4–5 mm; covered transversally with various plant fragments. The male spins a 2–4 mm long silken tube at the rear-end.


The larva needs two years for its development.
The female is apterous and usually stays in the case during its entire life.
Adults emerge at night and males come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from late May till late July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Bromus erectus, Ulmus glabra, Prunus spinosa, Hippophae rhamnoides, Carex brizoides and Ulmus minor

Polyphagous on grasses [Poaceae], herbs and tree leaves.

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Forests, but also open areas, heathland, moorland.

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