Seq # 205130010

Digitivalva arnicella (Heyden, 1863) Species

Last modified: March 2, 2021, 11:16 a.m.

This very rare and local species was recorded only once from the Belgian fauna: LX, Bastogne, 1955-08-21, where an empty chrysalid was found in the pupation place on Arnica montana, leg. E. Janmoulle. It was rediscovered in 2018 in an adjacent province (LG) and this time leaf mines were found (Wullaert S. 2019b).


Family: Glyphipterigidae > Subfamily: Acrolepiinae > Genus: Digitivalva > Subgenus: Digitivalva > Species: Digitivalva arnicella
Vernacular names
Valkruidmineermot (NL), Arnika-Rundstirnmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1955a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 55: 3–4, 53–54, 82. On page 54.




Wingspan 11–13 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Larvae can be found from autumn till May.

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Starting with a light green, narrow, sometimes branching corridor, widening considerably later. Frass in an irregular, rather broad central line. In the thin mines in autumn, the frass is more concentrated against the side, making it look like a fly mine.
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The caterpillar frequently moves to another leaf. Pupation in a separate, lower-surface mine.

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Flight periods

One long generation a year: from May till September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Arnica montana

Monophagous on Arnica montana.