Last modified: Nov. 9, 2023, 1:50 p.m.
A not so common species throughout Belgium, distribution after 2004 based on determination via genitalia.
See also bladmineerders.be
The young larva mines in the leaves, but after hibernation it lives between spun leaves, twisting those of tender shoots. Pupation in a folded leaf or amongst detritus.
The moths are active in the evening and later come to light.
The adults have been observed from early May till mid-July. The earliest record is 9 April (gen. det.)
The polyphagous larva feeds on a wide range of plants like Medicago lupulina, Centaurea, Tragopogon pratensis, Chrysanthemum, Plantago, Rumex, Ranunculus, Lotus, and even Malus. More than 200 food plants are known.
It prefers woodland edges and hedgerows.