Seq # 250120085

Depressaria libanotidella Schläger, 1849 Species

Last modified: Jan. 9, 2023, 2:21 p.m.

A very rare and local species, recorded for the first time in Belgium in 2016.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Depressaria > Species: Depressaria libanotidella
Vernacular names
Hertswortelplatlijfje (NL), Heilwurz-Plattleibfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Steeman C. & Sierens T. 2018. Interessante waarnemingen van Lepidoptera in België in 2017 (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 46(2): 31–47. On page 34. view page




Dark green or greyish green: head capsule and prothoracic segment black.

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A loose silken cocoon; pupa brown.

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The caterpillars live, often gregariously, in the flower heads or between leaves spun together. Where the species occurs, it can sometimes be very common.
Pupation in a loose silken cocoon in the soil or amongst detritus.
The species hibernates in the adult stage. The adults are rarely seen, they are active at night and occasionally come to light.

Flight periods

One generation a year: from August and after hibernation in March–May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Seseli libanotis and Laserpitium latifolium

Monophagous on Seseli libanotis, though the species has rarely been observed on Laserpitium latifolium also.

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Ruderal places, sandy areas, road sides.

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