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Duponchelia fovealis Zeller, 1847

An species imported with greenhouse crops which escaped to nature and can survive when winters are not too cold. First recorded at 12 August 1998 at Wachtebeke (OV). Hitherto (2003) reported from 4 Belgian provinces only, but a steady spread is to be expected. Recently (2005) recorded for Brabant, which make the fifth province. In 2006 recorded in West-Vlaanderen.

The larva lives on a great variety of foodplants. It is extremely polyphagous.

The few Belgian specimens recorded from nature were all caught between June and August and a very late one in October.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Kontich, 22 August 2003.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)

Comments to Willy De Prins or Chris Steeman
© Flemish Entomological Society