Seq # 265310010

Apodia bifractella (Duponchel, 1843) Species

Last modified: March 8, 2021, 1:36 p.m.

A not so common species in Belgium. Adults are very secretive and probably underrecorded, but it's believed that it may be fairly common wherever the food plants occur. More observations in the north of the country.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anomologinae > Genus: Apodia > Species: Apodia bifractella
Vernacular names
Heelblaadjespalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862b. Observations sur quelques Lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 161–169. On page 167.




Museum specimens

No pictures yet!

Specimens in nature


The larva feeds on the seeds of the food plant and it hibernates in a narrow tube which is made by spinning the seeds together.
Pupates in a tough silken cocoon mixed with frass and seed fragments.
The adults become active from late afternoon and later come to light.

No pictures yet!

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from late June till September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Pulicaria dysenterica, Inula conyza and Aster tripolium

The larva feeds on the seeds of Pulicaria dysenterica, Inula conyzae and Aster tripolium.

No pictures yet!