Seq # 265510050

Caryocolum junctella (Douglas, 1851) Species

Last modified: May 7, 2024, 10:03 a.m.

This very rare species has not been seen in Belgium for a long time and is thought to be extinct.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gnorimoschemini > Genus: Caryocolum > Species: Caryocolum junctella
Vernacular names
Bosmuurpalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862c. Notes sur quelques lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 170–176. On page 173.




Wingspan 10–11 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The young larva starts as a leaf miner, later it spins the tips of the shoots together. Adults resting on tree trunks during the day, hibernate and occasionally come to light. Adults have been occasionally attracted to the pheromone originally developed for Cossus cossus

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Flight periods

The adults can be seen from mid-July towards autumn and after overwintering again till May/June.

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Host plant (species):
Cerastium glomeratum and Stellaria graminea
Host plant (genera):

The larva feeds mainly on Stellaria graminea and Cerastum glomeratum. Also found on Stellaria medium and possibly also on Stellaria uliginosa.

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It inhabits forestal meadows and moist glades with single old trees.

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