Seq # 250120020

Depressaria badiella (Hübner, 1796) Species

Last modified: March 5, 2021, 10:14 a.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, not been seen for some time. Possibly extinct.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Depressaria > Species: Depressaria badiella
Vernacular names
Heideplatlijfje (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1863. Addenda au catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 7: 87–93. On page 91. view page




Pinkish brown, green between the segments; head capsule, prothoracic plate and last abdominal segment brown; pinacula black inside greyish rings.

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Whitish cocoon, pupa brown.

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The first instars spin two leaves together and eat small blotches in these leaves. Later instars drop to the soil and construct a silken tube adjacent to the root of the foodplant on which they feed.
Pupation inside the silken tube.
Adults are active during the night and readily come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: July–September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Sonchus arvensis and Hypochoeris radicata
Host plant (genera):

The caterpillar lives on Hypochoeris radicata, Sonchus arvensis or Taraxacum sp.

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Sandy environments or in limestone areas.

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