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Batrachedra pinicolella (Zeller, 1839) Species

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A very rare species in Belgium, mainly known from the northern (Kempen) and southern provinces (Ardennes).


Family: Batrachedridae > Genus: Batrachedra > Species: Batrachedra pinicolella
Vernacular names
Gele smalvleugelmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 148 (as C.[osmopteryx] Pinicolella. Zell.). view page




A narrow-winged species.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Yellowish brown, head and prothoracic plate very dark brown.

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Eggs are oviposited at the base of Picea abies needles. The first instars mine during autumn in the base of the needles, later on they spin a narrow tube from where they further eat the contents of the needles. They also feed on the surface of a twig from a loosely spun gallery.
Pupation in May in a tough cocoon attached to a twig and some needles, close to the feeding place. This cocoon is well hidden because it is covered with particles of bark and frass.
The species hibernates as a larva.
The adults can easily be beaten from the trees and at night they come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from mid June till the end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Picea abies

Monophagous on Picea.

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Coniferous woodland.

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