Seq # 265420020

Athrips pruinosella (Lienig & Zeller, 1846) Species

Last modified: May 21, 2022, 3:51 p.m.

As imago very rarely observed in Belgium, but quite commonly found as a larva. Nowadays only in WV, recently (2019) found again in LG and 2021 in LX.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Athrips > Species: Athrips pruinosella
Vernacular names
Waddenpalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1938. Assemblée mensuelle du 4 juin 1938. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 78: 250–253. On page 253.




Wingspan: 15 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The larva lives between spun leaves and also on buds on the food plant and it feeds in September and again after hibernation from May to June.

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Flight periods

From mid-June to early August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salix repens, Spiraea salicifolia, Vaccinium myrtillus and Vaccinium uliginosum
Host plant (genera):

It feeds on: Salix repens, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium uliginosum, Andromeda and Spirea salicifolia.

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Along the North Sea coast it is found in sandy places and dunes with stands of Salix repens. In the higher regions and Ardennes it is found in peat bogs, marshy areas and high moors with Vaccinium.

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