Seq # 265210010

Chrysoesthia drurella (Fabricius, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 26, 2024, 5:46 p.m.

Observed in many areas in Belgium, in all provinces. Fairly common in the northern part and rare in the southern part of the country.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Apatetrinae > Tribus: Apatetrini > Genus: Chrysoesthia > Species: Chrysoesthia drurella
Vernacular names
Gloriemot (NL), Flame Crest, Fiery Miner (EN), Gänsefuß-Minierpalpenmotte (DE)
Chrysoesthia hermannella sensu auct.
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 25.




Wingspan 8–10 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Head and prothoracic plate pale brown; abdomen yellowish or greenish white with numerous red spots dorsally, and laterally, becoming more red when mature (Gregersen & Karsholt 2022).

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The larva makes a mine in the leaves of Chenopodium and Atriplex species. The gallery is sometimes contorted to such an extent that a blotch mine is formed at end.
Mine in dense coils, feces initially brownish, later green, completely filling the corridor.
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The larvae of the autumn generation hibernate full-fed in a cocoon which they leave before pupating. Pupation in detritus at ground level. Larvae of the spring generation do not form a cocoon and pupate in the mine.
The adults become active during late afternoon and later come occasionally to light.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from mid-Apil towards early October in two generations a year.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Chenopodium and Atriplex

The larva lives exclusively on Chenopodium and Atriplex species (Chenopodiaceae).

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It inhabits open land and waste ground.

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