Seq # 265110020

Acompsia tripunctella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Jan. 10, 2024, 10:46 a.m.

Although this is an easily recognizable species in the genus, it has not been reported from Belgium for a long time. Probably extinct.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Dichomeridinae > Genus: Acompsia > Subgenus: Acompsia > Species: Acompsia tripunctella
Vernacular names
Gevlekte fluweelpalpmot (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.




Wingspan 19-23 mm. Labial palpus long, slender, greyish brown, mottled with light brown on inner surface. Antenna brown, indistinctly lighter ringed. Forewing clay-brown to greyish brown, mottled with light greyish (especially along costa), yellow brown and some black scales; three distinct, black spots: one elongate in fold, one above it closer to base, and one rounded or oblique elongate at end of cell, rarely a small black dash below of the latter; termen slightly emarginated below apex, frequently with a row of black dots at end of veins; cilia light yellow grey. Hindwing grey; cilia as in forewing.

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Specimens in nature

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The full-grown larva measures 12—13 mm; it is black brown slightly tinged with greenish, without longitudinal line; incisions between 1, 2 and 3 segments laterally whitish grey; warts big and intensively black; head and thoracic shield shining black; thoracic legs long and black; abdominal legs black with brown crown.

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The larva makes no spinning, apart from a silken tube covered with leaf litter for hibernating. It pupates in June on the ground in a loose cocoon.
The adults are active during late afternoons and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from June towards September.

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Host plant (genera):

It is believed to feed on Plantago.

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It inhabits clearings and edges of forests, meadows etc...

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