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Caryocolum tricolorella (Haworth, 1812) Species

Last modified: March 12, 2021, 6:27 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, with most observations in the southern part of the country.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gnorimoschemini > Genus: Caryocolum > Species: Caryocolum tricolorella
Vernacular names
Driekleurige kustmot (NL)
Caryocolum contigua (Haworth, 1828)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1860. Lépidoptères et chenilles observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 4: 108–112. On page 110.




Although superficially similar to other Caryocolum species, the blackish triangular mark near the base of the costa is generally diagnostic.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larvae feed on the foo plant, initally mining the leaves in a gallery and later between spun shoots.
The adults can be attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly during June to August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Stellaria holostea

The larva live on Stellaria holostea.

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