Seq # 321120010

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: April 7, 2021, 5:19 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium, known from all provinces.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Amblyptilia > Species: Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Vernacular names
Scherphoekvedermot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 159 (as acanthodacylus). view page




Wingspan: 17–23 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds on the young leaves, flowers and the unripe seeds of its food plant.
Pupation on a flower-stalk, amongst the flowers or seeds, resembling a dead flower.
This species hibernates in the adult stage. The adults are active at dusk and night and come readily to light.

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Flight periods

Two generations a year: June–August and again from October, after hibernation in April–May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Stachys sylvatica, Teucrium scorodonia, Calluna vulgaris, Ononis repens, Ononis natrix, Ononis spinosa, Erica tetralix, Geranium robertianum, Vaccinium oxycoccus and Calamintha nepeta
Host plant (genera):
Mentha, Salvia, Euphrasia, Chenopodium and Carlina

Polyphagous on a great variety of herbs, mainly Fabaceae and Lamiaceae.

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