Seq # 283010040

Ethmia quadrillella (Goeze, 1783) Species

Last modified: March 28, 2021, 10:48 a.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Ethmiidae > Genus: Ethmia > Species: Ethmia quadrillella
Vernacular names
Kleine zwartwitmot (NL)
Ethmia funerella (Fabricius, 1787)
First mention in Belgium
Derenne F. 1932. Espèce nouvelle pour la faune belge. — Lambillionea 32: 198. On page 198.




Wingspan 15–19 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives in a slight web on the underside of a leaf.
Pupation in a white cocoon spun amongst detritus. The species hibernates in the pupal stage.
The moths like to rest on their food plants during the day. They come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from early May till mid September. Autumn specimens might belong to a partial second generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Symphytum officinale, Pulmonaria officinalis, Symphytum tuberosum, Lithospermum officinale and Myosotis sylvatica

Some species of Boraginaceae: Symphytum officinale and Pulmonaria officinalis are mostly taken.

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Fenland, wetlands, damp woodland, river banks, gardens, etc.

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