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Teleiodes luculella (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: April 11, 2021, 3:47 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium, but almost never in great numbers.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Litini > Genus: Teleiodes > Species: Teleiodes luculella
Vernacular names
Maanpalpmot (NL)
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 24.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds in September on Quercus between spun leaves. Pupation in a loose cocoon amongst detritus on the ground. The pupa hibernates.
The adults rest on tree trunks in the daytime and come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from the end of April till the end of August, but mainly from mid May till mid July.
It's not clear yet if there are two generations or one extended generation.

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The larva feeds on Quercus.

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