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Nemophora metallica (Poda, 1761)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives at first on the seeds of Knautia or Scabiosa, then on the lower leaves and possible leaf-litter, from a flat bivalved case on the ground. Pupation in the case.

The adults fly from the end of June till early August. The moths are active during the day. They like to rest on the flowers of the larval foodplant.


Belgium, Namur, Lavaux Ste.-Anne, 29 June 2003.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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