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Carpatolechia decorella (Haworth, 1812) Species

Last modified: Feb. 24, 2023, 1:40 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, rediscovered in 2017 in NA after a long period of absence (BR, 1858). Hitherto only known from a handfull of observations.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Litini > Genus: Carpatolechia > Species: Carpatolechia decorella
Vernacular names
Schouderstreepmot (NL), Winter Oak Groundling (EN)
Carpatolechia humeralis (Zeller, 1839)
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 133.




A very variably marked species, but always recognizable by the black stripe along the costa at the base of the wings.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


It is one of the few Gelechiidae which hibernates as an adult.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: in June and July and again from late September towards April.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Abies alba and Cornus mas
Host plant (genera):
Quercus and Swida

The larva is polyphagous feeding on leaves and inflorescenses of Abies alba, different species of: Quercus, Cornus mas, Swida etc...

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