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Epiblema scutulana (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: March 28, 2021, 4:47 p.m.

A widespread but rare species in Belgium.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Olethreutinae > Tribus: Eucosmini > Genus: Epiblema > Species: Epiblema scutulana
Vernacular names
Distelzadelmot (NL)
Epiblema luctuosana (Duponchel, 1836) and Epiblema cirsiana sensu auct., nec (Zeller, 1843)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 21 (as luctuosana). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults have been observed from May till well in August. During the day, they rest on the larval foodplant, where they resemble a bird-dropping. They are active at dusk and come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Carduus nutans and Cirsium vulgare

The larva lives in the roots and the stem of Carduus nutans or Cirsium vulgare. It hibernates in the larval habitation. Pupation takes place in the upper part of the larval mine.

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