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Aproaerema albipalpella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854) Species

Last modified: Feb. 24, 2024, 8:04 p.m.

A very rare and local species with a scattered distribution in Belgium.
Nowadays, it is considered a very rare species in Europe with few, if any, confirmed recent records.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anacampsinae > Tribus: Anacampsini > Genus: Aproaerema > Species: Aproaerema albipalpella
Vernacular names
Zuidelijke bandpalpmot (NL), Broken White-barred, Slate Sober (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 135.




Wingspan 10–11 mm.

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Specimens in nature

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Head pale yellowish brown, prothoracic plate coloured as head with black pattern, thoracic segments 2 and 3 and abdominal segments 1 and 3 pale ochreceous yellow, rest of abdomen dull reddish to crimson, anal plate black, pinacula minute and black (Gregersen & Karsholt 2022).

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The larva lives among spun leaves on the host plant, mining them from this position by gnawing irregular, more or less oval holes in the epidermis and eating from there the leaf tissue, the mines contain little or no frass. The attacked leaves turn yellowish which is very distinctive. The larva draws several leaves together round the stem and forms a sort of tubular habitation.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing in July till early August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Genista anglica

The larva feeds on Genista anglica and Genista tinctoria.

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It occurs in damp heathland with the host plant.

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