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Amphisbatis incongruella (Stainton, 1849) Species

Last modified: March 5, 2021, 11:40 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Lypusidae > Subfamily: Lypusinae > Genus: Amphisbatis > Species: Amphisbatis incongruella
Vernacular names
Inktmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1946a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge. — Lambillionea 46: 1–2, 50. On page 1.




Ochreous yellow to pinkish with some broad brown dorsolateral lines; head capsule and thoracic plates black; last abdominal segment black with some long setae posteriorly.

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The larva lives in a portable, cigar-shaped case, comparable to one of the Coleophora cases, made of grass, mainly Festuca sp. or other plant material which is spun together with silk.

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The caterpillar can turn around inside the case and move around in two directions.
The species hibernates in the pupal stage. It pupates inside the case.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: late February till May. Some authors think there is a second generation in summer time in warmer climate conditions.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Calluna vulgaris
Host plant (genera):
Calluna, Thymus and Erica

Polyphagous. The caterpillar feeds on: Calluna vulgaris, Erica, Hieracium pillocella, and Pillosella officinarum. It has also been seen feeding on grasses and on the dead flowers of Thymus polytrichum.

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Open heathlands, sunny slopes of hills, different kinds of sandy habitats.

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