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Aethes tesserana (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 12, 2021, 2:51 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium. In coastal areas, a lighter form lacking the plumbeous edging occurs.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Tortricinae > Tribus: Cochylini > Genus: Aethes > Species: Aethes tesserana
Vernacular names
Prachtsmalsnuitje (NL)
Aethes aleella (Schultze, 1776)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 22.




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults have been observed from May till the end of August. They are active in sunshine.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Picris hieracioides, Picris echioides and Inula conyza
Host plant (genera):
Hieracium and Crepis

The larva lives in the roots and the rootstock of Picris hieracioides, P. echioides, Hieracium, Crepis or Inula conyza. The larva hibernates.

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