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Elophila rivulalis (Duponchel, 1834) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2021, 3:05 p.m.

In Belgium, only known from an old record (Kalmthout, AN, 1900-07-24, leg. De Crombrugghe). The species was never mentioned again in Belgium. Extinct in our country. The species seems to be declining everywhere in Europe.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Acentropinae > Genus: Elophila > Species: Elophila rivulalis
Vernacular names
Melkwitte waterleliemot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1901. Note sur quelques Microlépidoptères de la faune belge. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 45: 100–104. On page 100. view page




The early stages have not yet been described. Pupation is supposed to happen in the water since a freshly emerged adult was observed drying its wings on a plant completely surrounded by water. The adults are mostly seen flying over banks of brooks in late afternoon.

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Flight periods

Probably two, difficult to separate, generations a year: from June to September.

Observed on

There is no information about the larval foodplants, but it may be asumed that it must be some aquatic species.

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Marshes, brooks, moors, river banks.

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