Seq # 265385010

Oxypteryx atrella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: May 21, 2022, 3:28 p.m.

Still a rare species in Belgium, but well distributed.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Anomologinae > Genus: Oxypteryx > Species: Oxypteryx atrella
Vernacular names
Geeltandboegsprietmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Dufrane A. 1942. Microlépidoptères de la faune belge, (1re note). — Bulletin du Musée royal d'Histoire naturelle de Belgique 18(5): 1–12. On page 4.




Wingspan: 11–13 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives internally in the roots and stems of the food plant.
It pupates in a reddish brown suboval case, made from the leaf of the food plant.
It flies from early evening and later comes to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late June till August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Hypericum perforatum and Hypericum hirsutum

The larva lives internally in the roots and stems of Hypericum maculatum and H. perforatum.

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