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Aethes dilucidana (Stephens, 1852) Species

Last modified: Aug. 2, 2022, 6:03 p.m.

Recorded for the first time from Belgium in 2018 in OV. Hitherto a very rare and local species.


Family: Tortricidae > Subfamily: Tortricinae > Tribus: Cochylini > Genus: Aethes > Species: Aethes dilucidana
Vernacular names
Pastinaaksmalsnuitje (NL)




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Whitish yellow to yellowish brown; head shining black, prothoracic plate light brown with a pair of dark brown spots; pinacula concolorous with body.

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The eggs are deposited singly on the flowers and seeds of the foodplant. The larva lives in the seeds. It spins several seeds together and empties their content. When full-fed it descends downwards the stem and bores into the stem, then moving upwards until a node is reached. It hibernated in this place. In late spring the larva gnaws a passage in the stem, leaving only a very thin skin, and then pupates inside the stem.
The adults fly in late afternoon about the foodplant. It rarely comes to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: June–mid-August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Pastinaca sativa and Heracleum sphondylium

Oligophagous on Apiaceae, but mainly on Pastinaca sativa.

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Grassland in limestone areas.

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