Seq # 265450050

Gelechia rhombelliformis Staudinger, 1871 Species

Last modified: May 21, 2022, 4:12 p.m.

This rare species was discovered for the first time in Belgium during 2005 in two provinces. First in the Stamprooiersbroek at Kinrooi in LI were it was caught on 3 different dates, and 2 days later after the first record at Kontich in AN. Hitherto a very rare and local species.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Gelechia > Species: Gelechia rhombelliformis
Vernacular names
Harpoenpalpmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2006b. Interessante waarnemingen van Lepidoptera in België in 2005 (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 34(1): 3–20. On page 9.




Wingspan: 17 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds on the leaves of the food plant.
Later on it pupates under the bark.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from June till mid September, but most specimens have been observed in August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Populus balsamifera trichocarpa, Populus nigra and Populus pyramidalis

The larva feeds on Populus spp.

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