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Caloptilia rufipennella (Hübner, 1796) Species

Last modified: April 14, 2022, 5:09 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Gracillariidae > Subfamily: Gracillariinae > Tribus: Gracillariini > Genus: Caloptilia > Species: Caloptilia rufipennella
Vernacular names
Donkere esdoornsteltmot (NL), Small red slender (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Lhomme L. 1946–1963. Catalogue des Lépidoptères de France et de Belgique. Volume II Microlépidoptères. (deuxième partie). — — : 489–1253. On page 1060.




Forewings unicolourous ochreous to brownish with a purplish tinge in the apical area.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



Greenish with light green head.

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At first a very inconspicuous mine parallel with a leaf vein, later widening into a small blotch. Later instars leave the mine and construct a cone by bending the leaf edge downwards into a cone. Three such cones succeed each other each one a little larger than the former one.
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Yellowish cocoon.

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Pupation takes place in a yellowish cocoon at the underside of a leaf. The adults hibernate.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation per year: from early July, and after hibernation till May.

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Host plant (species):
Acer pseudoplatanus, Acer platanoides and Acer saccharinum

The caterpillar feeds mainly on Acer pseudoplatanus, but it has also been found occasionally on Acer platanoides and Acer saccharinum.

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