species in Belgium.
larva lives in a small case of silk mixed with other debris, later
becoming a flat oblong one. It feeds on a variety of
herbaceous plants as well as dead leaves. The larvae hibernates in the
case on the ground, where pupation takes place.
adults fly in one generation a year; from June towards July.
The moths are active
during the day. They come occasionally to light.
this rather small species may be confused with the other
species, but it may be recognized by the relatively broad and
well-rounded forewings. Other characters are the more prominent dark
mark at the end of the cell of the forewing and the pure
white frons (face). Males have also broad scales at apex of
the upperside hindwings, while other males have only narrow
Antwerpen, Schoten, 09 June 2006.
(Photo © Adriaan Peeters)