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Yponomeuta malinellus Zeller, 1838 Species

Last modified: Feb. 28, 2021, 3:01 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




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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