Last modified: Oct. 1, 2020, 10:43 a.m.
A fairly common species in Belgium.
This is the only species of the large tropical genus Acrocercops occurring in Belgium. It is easily recognisable by the dark brown forewings with pure white pattern. The adults sit with their front legs stretched to hold the head and thorax upturned.
The early stages of the larva have nearly the same colour as the leaf in which they mine, light yellowish green. Later on they turn into a vivid red with ochreous yellow between the segments.
A small, whitish, oval pupation chamber most of the time on the midrib of a leaf.
The adults are rarely seen. They rest on tree trunks during daytime and come to light. The species hibernates in the adult stage.
There is one generation per year: June and July, after hibernation in April–May of the next year.
Because Quercus is a common tree in Belgium, the variety of habitats in which the species occurs is also rather large. Anyway, the species seems to avoid moist environments and has some preference for dry, warm habitats like heathland, open places in forests, parks, etc.