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Evergestis forficalis (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Nov. 3, 2022, 10:43 a.m.

A common species throughout Belgium. Can sometimes be a pest in gardens where cabbages are grown.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Evergestinae > Genus: Evergestis > Species: Evergestis forficalis
Vernacular names
Lijnvalkmot (NL), la Pyrale fourchue (FR)
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 19. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds in the heart or amongst young spun leaves of the foodplant. Larvae from the Autumn generation hibernate in their cocoons. Pupation takes places in a cocoon beneath the surface of the soil. The adults are active at dusk and come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations per year: from late April till the end of June and from early August till the end of September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Sinapis arvensis, Brassica rapa, Brassica oleracea and Armoracia rusticana
Host plant (genera):
Brassica, Raphanus, Sisymbrium, Alliaria and Matthiola

Polyphagous on Brassicaceae.

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