Seq # 350020020

Choreutis pariana (Clerck, 1759) Species

Last modified: April 17, 2021, 4:05 p.m.

A rare and local species in Belgium, more observed in the northern part. Occasionally it can become a pest.


Family: Choreutidae > Subfamily: Choreutinae > Genus: Choreutis > Species: Choreutis pariana
Vernacular names
Skeletteermot (NL), Apple leaf skeletoniser (EN), Apfelbaum-Spreizflügelfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 22. view page




Wingspan: 11–15 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds on the parenchyma on the upper surface of the leaf leaving the veins intact and thus creating a skeleton leaf appearance.
The adults are active during the day. The moths of the second generation overwinter and reappear in spring.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations per year: in July and during September.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Malus, Crataegus and Sorbus

Mainly on Malus spp., but also on other Rosaceae like: Sorbus and Crataegus though much less frequent.

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Old gardens, orchards, forest edges.

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