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Eudonia mercurella (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives in a silken gallery in several species of mosses like Isothecium alopecuroides and Hypnum cupressiforme which are growing on tree-trunks, rocks and stone walls. It hibernates as a small larva and pupates later amongst moss.

The adults fly usually in one generation a year; from mid June till mid September. They come to light.

Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 31 August 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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