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Yponomeuta malinellus Zeller, 1838 Species

Last modified: April 2, 2022, 7:08 p.m.

A fairly common species in many places in Belgium. It became less common in orchards than in the past, most likely due to the extensive use of insecticides.


Family: Yponomeutidae > Subfamily: Yponomeutinae > Genus: Yponomeuta > Species: Yponomeuta malinellus
Vernacular names
Appelstippelmot (NL), Apple Ermine (EN), Apfel-Gespinstmotte (DE)
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 23. view page




Specimens of Yponomeuta malinellus, Y. padella and Y. cagnagella can in many cases not be identified beyond doubt either by external characteristics or by genital differences and even less by photos of living moths. Knowledge of the caterpillar host plant is indispensable.

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Specimens in nature

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Body pale yellow-green with two rows of large black spots, head, prothoracic and anal plate brown-black.

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In spring the young hibernated caterpillars initially make small full depth mines but they soon leave them to live together in a communal web.
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The larvae live gregariously in a silken web on the foodplant.
Pupation in a dense white silken cocoon, neatly arranged together in the larval web.
The adults are attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from early June till the end of August.

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This species feeds monophagously on Malus species.

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