Seq # 205210030

Glyphipterix forsterella (Fabricius, 1781) Species

Last modified: March 2, 2021, 11:26 a.m.

A rare and local species throughout Belgium, but probably overlooked.


Family: Glyphipterigidae > Subfamily: Glyphipteriginae > Genus: Glyphipterix > Species: Glyphipterix forsterella
Vernacular names
Zeggeparelmot (NL)
Glyphipterix oculatella (Zeller, 1850)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1864. Lépidoptères nouveaux pour la faune belge observés par E. Fologne. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 8: 273–276. On page 275.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



Feeds in summer and autumn in the spikes of the host plant. The larva hibernates and pupates in spring in the spike. Infested spikes are recognizable in autumn and winter by a small amount of frass between the grains, which are spun together and don't fall apart when touched.
The adults can be seen feeding on the flowers of the food plant.

Flight periods

The diurnal adults fly in one generation a year: from late April till June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Carex vulpina and Carex remota

The larva lives on the seeds of various species of Carex like Carex remota.


Often found on shaded Carex ramota plants on the edges of ponds and small creeks.