Seq # 245020010

Batia lambdella (Donovan, 1793) Species

Last modified: April 11, 2021, 10:46 a.m.

A rare species in Belgium with more observations in the eastern part of the country, especially the Kempen. Probably overlooked due to it resemblance with Batia lunaris, which is clearly smaller.


Family: Oecophoridae > Subfamily: Oecophorinae > Genus: Batia > Species: Batia lambdella
Vernacular names
Grote mosboorder (NL), Großer Ginsterrindenfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E., Sauveur J., Colbeau J. & Peteau A. 1861. Compte rendu d'une excursion entomologique faite aux environs de Dinant et de Rochefort au mois de juillet 1860. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 5: 12–32. On page 25. view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Greyish white, head dark brown, prothoracic plate pale brown, last abdominal segment ochreous white.

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The larva lives under dead bark of various trees and other shrubs. It prefers the thinner twigs up to 2 cm diameter.
The species hibernates in the larval stage from September to May.
Pupation in the larval feeding place.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year from early June till early September.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Dead wood

The larva lives under dead bark of various trees, especially on Ulex and also other shrubs.

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Bushes, margins of forests, preferably on xerothermic, sandy soil.

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