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Eratophyes amasiella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1854) Species

Last modified: March 4, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

First observation in Belgium was in May 2004 in LI, the second one in June 2006 and several individuals were seen during 2007. The species has slowly expanded it area to almost all Belgian provinces (2020) and is not so rare nowadays. This species has a limited distribution in Europe.


Family: Oecophoridae > Subfamily: Oecophorinae > Genus: Eratophyes > Species: Eratophyes amasiella
Vernacular names
Oosterse schone (NL), Birken-Faulholzmotte (DE)
Eratophyes aleatrix Diakonoff, 1972
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2007. Interessante waarnemingen van Lepidoptera in België in 2006 (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 35(1): 1–20. On page 9. view page




Forewing ground colour dark brown, almost blackish, a large whitish yellow area at the base, two costal and one marginal patches of the same colour.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The species hibernates in the larval stage.
The adults fly in the early morning, the males are assembling for the females, but also come at light during the night.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late April till June, sometimes till late July.

Observed on

Dead wood

The larva lives on decayed wood of Betula and Salix.

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Sandy soils on which Betula or Salix grows, forest margins

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