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Chionodes tragicella (Heyden, 1865) Species

Last modified: Jan. 9, 2023, 5:11 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, hitherto only known from AN and LI.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Chionodes > Species: Chionodes tragicella
Vernacular names
Mistpalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2006a. Chionodes tragicella, a new species for the Belgian fauna (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). — Phegea 34(1): 1–2. On page 1. view page




Wingspan: 18–22 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in a silken tube under scales of bark of mature Larix decidua where it feeds on the needles.
It hibernates as a full-grown larva under the bark.
The adults fly freely during the early morning and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid May till July.

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Host plant (genera):

The larva lives in the bark of mature Larix decidua.

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