Seq # 250120100

Depressaria pimpinellae Zeller, 1839 Species

Last modified: March 5, 2021, 11:13 a.m.

Only known in Belgium from an old record: near Leuven (VB), 1855-07-07. Probably extinct.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Depressaria > Species: Depressaria pimpinellae
Vernacular names
Bevernelplatlijfje (NL)
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




Dark grey; head capsule dark brown; prothoracic plate and last abdominal segment black; pinacula black, white-ringed.

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Whitish cocoon, pupa brown.

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The egg is oviposited in April–May.
At first the caterpillar spins two leaflets together; later it feeds in the flowers which are contracted by silken threads.
The full-grown larva descends to the ground and construct a whitish cocoon among detritus in which it pupates.
The species hibernates in the adult stage. The adults are active at night and occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: July–September and after hibernation April–May.

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Host plant (species):
Pimpinella saxifraga and Pimpinella major
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