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Chrysoesthia sexguttella (Thunberg, 1794) Species

Last modified: Sept. 28, 2020, 10 a.m.

A fairly common species in the northern part of Belgium, elsewhere rare. A species of waste ground and cultivable land.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Apatetrinae > Tribus: Apatetrini > Genus: Chrysoesthia > Species: Chrysoesthia sexguttella
Vernacular names
Zesvlekmot (NL)
Chrysoesthia naeviferella (Duponchel, 1843) and Chrysoesthia stipella sensu auct.
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862b. Observations sur quelques Lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 161–169. On page 167.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year; from May till mid July and again from late July till September. They come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Chenopodium and Atriplex

The larva makes a mine in the leaves of Chenopodium and Atriplex species. It starts as a slender gallery, leading abruptly to a large whitish blotch. Pupates in a cocoon amongst detritus on the ground.

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