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Argyresthia bonnetella (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: March 2, 2021, 11:41 a.m.

A not so common species in Belgium, but probably overlooked due its very similar appearance with A. pruniella.


Family: Argyresthiidae > Genus: Argyresthia > Subgenus: Argyresthia > Species: Argyresthia bonnetella
Vernacular names
Variabele pedaalmot (NL)
Argyresthia tetrapodella (Linnaeus, 1767) , Argyresthia nitidella (Fabricius, 1775) and Argyresthia curvella sensu auct., nec (Linnaeus, 1761)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 25.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in the terminal shoots of the food plant. It usually overwinters as a young larva in a spinning on the food plant.
It pupates in a rough cocoon on the ground.
The adults are active by day, but also at night when they come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year during June, July and August.

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Host plant (genera):

The larva lives in the terminal shoots of Crataegus.

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