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Chionodes electella (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Jan. 24, 2024, 1:51 p.m.

A fairly common species in the northern part of Belgium, in the southern part uncommon.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Chionodes > Species: Chionodes electella
Vernacular names
Gevlekte witkoppalpmot (NL), Gefleckte Weißkopf-Palpenmotte (DE)
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 131.




Wingspan 12–14 mm. Ocellus reduced; head white to cream; palp segment 2 whitish to cream, basally irrorated brownish; segment 3 blackish, distally mixed whitish; thorax irrorated light greyish; antenna with blackish scape, antenna ringed black and white. Forewing whitish, slightly mottled blackish brown, stigmata black; black streak in fold; post-median fascia white; Abdomen grey, unicolorous.

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Specimens in nature


Genitalia male: tegumen sagittate; uncus oblong, sub-trapezoidal, rounded, broader than distal tegumen; valva very long, thin, distally curved, exceeding uncus; sacculus narrow,short; saccus rather short, sub-triangular, rounded; phallus short with rather long coecum.


Head and prothoracic plate brown; abdomen light brownish red to dark brown; anal plate brown; anal comb present, strong, with crossed medial prongs.

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The larva lives in a silken tube among needles of a shoot or on a twig. From there it moves to mine the fresh needles. The larva moults in the tube and pupates later on the ground.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from May till August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Picea abies

The larva lives on Picea abies.

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It inhabits coniferous and mixed woods, parks and gardens.

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