Seq # 115020050

Ectoedemia argyropeza (Zeller, 1839) Species

Last modified: Feb. 24, 2023, 4:53 p.m.

An uncommon species throughout Belgium.


Family: Nepticulidae > Genus: Ectoedemia > Species: Ectoedemia argyropeza
Vernacular names
Espenbladsteelmineermot (NL), Virgin Pigmy (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1863. Addenda au catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 7: 87–93. On page 93. view page




The egg is deposited on the petiole near the base of the leaf.

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The mine starts inside the petiole which causes it to swell. Further on the caterpillar makes an elongated blotch at the base of the leaf. Mostly between the midrib and first lateral vein. The frass lays in two lines on either side of the mine.

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The cocoon is pale to dark brown and is spun amongst leaf litter.

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Flight periods

Adults emerge in May or June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Populus tremula

Ectoedemia argyropeza feeds only on Populus tremula.

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