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Ectoedemia arcuatella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) Species

Last modified: Sept. 14, 2023, 1:47 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, only recorded from the southern provinces.


Family: Nepticulidae > Genus: Ectoedemia > Species: Ectoedemia arcuatella
Vernacular names
Aardbeiblaasmijnmot (NL), Strawberry Pigmy (EN), Erdbeer-Zwergminierfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
van Nieukerken E. J. 2006. Records of mining Lepidoptera in Belgium with nine species new to the country (Nepticulidae, Opostegidae, Tischeriidae, Lyonetiidae). — Phegea 34(4): 125–144. On page 139. view page




The egg is deposited on the underside of the leaf.

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The mine starts as a very contorted gallery allmost completely filled with redbrown coiled frass. Suddenly the pattern of the frass changes from coiled to scattered also the colour changes from redbrown to black. Further on the mine widens into a large irregular blotch.

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The cocoon is black and is spun amongst leaf litter.

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Flight periods

The adults only have one generation a year and are on the wing from the end of May until July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Fragaria vesca
Host plant (genera):
Fragaria and Potentilla

Mostly found on Fragaria and occasionally on Potentilla.

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