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Alucita hexadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives in the flower-buds and mines in the leaves of Lonicera periclymenum. It pupates in a tough cocoon on or under the surface of the ground.

The adults fly from August till June. They hibernate. They are active at dusk and after dark and sometimes come to light.

Belgium, Namur, Lavaux Ste.-Anne, 01 May 2004.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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