Seq # 265450005

Gelechia cuneatella Douglas, 1852 Species

Last modified: Jan. 25, 2024, 4:06 p.m.

New to Belgium in 2022 in LG.


Family: Gelechiidae > Subfamily: Gelechiinae > Tribus: Gelechiini > Genus: Gelechia > Species: Gelechia cuneatella
Vernacular names
Long-winged Groundling (EN)




Wingspan 15–18 mm. Head and thorax greyish brown, more or less ochreous tinged; palp brownish with light ochreous intermixture, segment 2 brush-like, variegated, with light distal ring; segment 3 slender, blackish, tip light ochreous. Forewing comparatively narrow, light brownish to greyish brown, mottled with blackish; discal stigmata black, followed by white scales; fine blackish line in fold; small black spot basally on costa; thin, pale, post-median line. Anterior abdominal terga shiny ochreous.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Lrava undescribed.

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Little is written about the early stages. The larve lives in spun leaves. During the day it usually rests on the trunk of larger willows. The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing in one generation from early August towards early October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salix alba, Salix caprea and Salix fragilis
Host plant (genera):

The monophagous larvae feed on different Salix species like Salix alba, Salix caprea. Other small-leaved Salix species are assumed to be hosts as adults are often found in habitats with such trees. Also found on Salix x fragilis.

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The favoured habitats are moist woods, edges of lakes, parks, river banks and marshes etc...

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