Seq # 185170010

Sabulopteryx limosella (Duponchel, 1843) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 5:38 p.m.

Discovered new for Belgium in 2009 in some southern limestone areas, where it is local and very rare.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Gracillariinae > Tribus: Gracillariini > Genus: Sabulopteryx > Species: Sabulopteryx limosella
Vernacular names
Gamandersteltmot (NL), Gamander-Blatttütenfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Baugnée J.-Y. & Ellis W. N. 2011. Aspilapteryx limosella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), new to the Belgian fauna. — Phegea 39(2): 54–58. On page 54. view page




Almost entirely ochreous brown, lighter at costa, with some blackish small dots spread all over.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Underside mine, whitish to light green at the underside, dark green to purplish above. Because the foodplant has small leaves, the fully developed mine occupies the entire leaf surface and the caterpillar has to move sometimes to other leaves.
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Pupation mostly in the last mine, but sometimes the caterpillar spins some leaves together. The pupa hibernates.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: mainly during May and June and again in August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Teucrium chamaedrys, Teucrium montanum and Teucrium scorodonia
Host plant (genera):

In Belgium the species has thus far only been found on Teucrium chamaedrys but it can also live on other Teucrium species.

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Bound to warm limestone areas where the foodplants grow.

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