Seq # 490400010

Elegia similella (Zincken, 1818) Species

Last modified: Oct. 28, 2023, 12:36 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium, more frequently observed in the south.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Phycitinae > Tribus: Phycitini > Genus: Elegia > Species: Elegia similella
Vernacular names
Armbandmot (NL), White-barred Knot-horn (EN), Weißbindiger Eichenzünsler (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E., Sauveur J., Colbeau J. & Peteau A. 1861. Compte rendu d'une excursion entomologique faite aux environs de Dinant et de Rochefort au mois de juillet 1860. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 5: 12–32. On page 25.




Wingspan 19–22 mm. A distinctive species with sooty black forewings and a broad white antemedian cross-line and an indistinct wavy postmedian line.

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Specimens in nature


The larvae live between spun leaves. The adults are usually present high up in the trees but they come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-May till August, occasionally later. Most observations during June.

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Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on Quercus.

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It inhabits old, mature woodland and parkland.

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