Seq # 205110010

Acrolepia autumnitella Curtis, 1838 Species

Last modified: Dec. 30, 2023, 4:20 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Glyphipterigidae > Subfamily: Acrolepiinae > Genus: Acrolepia > Species: Acrolepia autumnitella
Vernacular names
Bitterzoetmot (NL)
Acrolepia pygmeana (Haworth, 1811), nec (Hübner, 1799)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1909. Observations microlépidoptérologiques faites en 1908. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 53: 44–47. On page 47.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The larva makes a transparent blotch in the leaves of the food plant, mines are usually found in shady places and often several mines in a leaf.
Pupates in an open network cocoon usually amongst debris on the ground.
They hibernates as an adult in dense cover. They come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: during July and again from October till April.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Solanum dulcamara and Atropa belladonna

The larva lives on Solanum dulcamara or occasionally on Atropa belladonna. Also *Physalis alkekengi * is mentioned in literature.

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