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Depressaria albipunctella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Nov. 2, 2022, 3:57 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Depressaria > Species: Depressaria albipunctella
Vernacular names
Witstipplatlijfje (NL)
Depressaria albipuncta Haworth, 1811 and Depressaria aegopodiella (Hübner, 1825)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 129. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



Bright green with a thin darker green dorsal line; head capsule yellowish green; prothoracic plate green with a few black dots; pinacula pale green.

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A loosely spun cocoon in the soil or among detritus; pupa brown.

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The caterpillar lives in a loose upper-surface silk spinning of a leaflet; the sides of the leaflet are drawn upwards but most of the time not closing into a tube; full-grown in June–July.
The last instar drops to the ground ans spins a loose cocoon in the soil or among detritus in which it pupates.
The adults are active at night and occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

One long generation a year: from early August till late November and after hibernating again from March till May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Daucus carota, Torilis japonica, Anthriscus sylvestris and Chaerophyllum temulum

The preferred food plants are: Daucus carota or Torilis japonica. The species has been observed much more rarely on: Anthriscus sylvestris or Chaerophyllum temulum.

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Open grassland and scrub where the food plants grow, ruderal places.

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