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Donacaula forficella (Thunberg, 1794) Species

Last modified: Feb. 16, 2020, 2:54 p.m.

A fairly common species in the northern part of Belgium, much rarer in the south.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Schoenobiinae > Genus: Donacaula > Species: Donacaula forficella
Vernacular names
Liesgrassnuitmot (NL)
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 22. view page




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Specimens in nature


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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from late May till the end of July. They are active at dusk and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Glyceria maxima
Host plant (genera):
Phragmites and Carex

The larva lives in young shoots, which it rolls together, of Glyceria maxima, Phragmites or several Carex species. It pupates in the larval habitation in a tough cocoon.

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It lives in fens, marshes and ditches.

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