Seq # 265020080

Aproaerema taeniolella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Feb. 26, 2024, 4:49 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anacampsinae > Tribus: Anacampsini > Genus: Aproaerema > Species: Aproaerema taeniolella
Vernacular names
Brede bandpalpmot (NL), Common White-barred, Silver-barred Sober (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1906a. Catalogue raisonné des Microlépidoptères de Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société entomologique de Belgique XIII: 1–172; XIV: 1–155. On page 32.




Wingspan 11–14 mm. S. taeniolella can be distinguished from other Syncopacma species by the bright band that is clearly visible on the underside of the wing and a white costal spot on the hindwing underside. These features are absent in other species.

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The male genitalia are characterised by the shape of the juxta, having strong hooks basally and spatulate flanges posteriorly and four strong thorns in the apical part of the phallus.

The female genitalia are characterised by the very large sack-shaped membranous antrum and the bridge-shaped sterigma.


Rather similar to Aproaerema larseniella. Head yellowish brown; prothoracic plate ochreous with a medial and a pair of lateral black spots; abdomen brownish green, becoming red when mature; anal plate blackish brown; small black pinula (Gregersen & Karsholt 2022).

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The larva feeds between spun shoots or leaves on the host plant.
The adults are active before sunset and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from late May towards late August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Lotus corniculatus

The larva lives mainly on mainly Lotus corniculatus. Very occasionally on Trifolium, Medicago and Lotus pedunculatus. Also once reported from Helianthemum nummularium.

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It occurs in meadows and bogs, but also on calcareous slopes.

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