Seq # 250120050

Depressaria depressana (Fabricius, 1775) Species

Last modified: March 5, 2021, 10:21 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Depressaria > Species: Depressaria depressana
Vernacular names
Klein peenplatlijfje (NL)
Depressaria depressella (Fabricius, 1798)
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 24 (as depresella). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Dull green; head capsule and prothoracic plate black; pinacula conspicuously ringed white.

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A loose cocoon, pupa brown.

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The caterpillar makes a loose spinning between some flowers or an umbel of the foodplant, sometimes gregariously; May–July.
The last instar drops to the ground and makes a loose spinning in the soil or among detritus in which it pupates; August–September.
The species hibernates in the adult stage. Adults have been observed flying in the afternoon on warm days. They are more active at night and occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one long generation a year: from August–September and after hibernation again from April towards May, occasionally even till July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Daucus carota, Pastinaca sativa and Pimpinella saxifraga

The larva lives primarily on Daucus carota, less often on Pastinaca sativa or Pimpinella saxifraga.

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