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Bryotropha domestica (Haworth, 1828)

Rarely observed in Belgium and only known from recent records from the province of Antwerpen.  Probably overlooked.

The larva feeds on moss growing on walls, living in a silken gallery. Pupates in an open network cocoon inside the larval habitation.

The adults fly from late May till late August. They are nocturnal and come to light.

ID: most species within this genus are not easy to separate because of individual variation and a tendency to form ecological forms, so it's best to separate them with examination of the genitalia for reliable identification.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Berchem, 18 August 2006.
(Photo © Chris Snyers)

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