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Epermenia chaerophyllella (Goeze, 1783) Species

Last modified: Dec. 12, 2023, 4:04 p.m.

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


Family: Epermeniidae > Subfamily: Epermeniinae > Tribus: Epermeniini > Genus: Epermenia > Subgenus: Calotripis > Species: Epermenia chaerophyllella
Vernacular names
Mineerborstelmot (NL)
Epermenia testaceella (Hübner, 1813)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 148 (as E.[lachista] Testaceella. H.). view page




Wingspan: 12–14 mm.

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Specimens in nature

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The larva lives in a slight silken web on the underside of a leaf of the food plant, causing the upperside to colour brownish. Often, several larvae occupy the same leaf.
Pupation takes place in an open network cocoon amongst detritus on the ground.
The adults hibernate.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from June till August, and again from October till April of the next year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Heracleum sphondylium
Host plant (genera):
Pastinaca, Anthriscus and Angelica

The larva lives on Heracleum sphondylium, Pastinaca, Anthriscus or Angelica.

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