local and rather rare species in Belgium.
larva feeds on several species of Hypericum: mainly
H. perforatum, but also on H.
pulchrum, H. hirsutum or H.
tetrapterum. At first, it makes a tortuous gallery in the
lower epidermis, which is later developed into a blotch which contorts
the leaf. Later, it lives in a leaf spun downwards into a rather
twisted cone. Pupation in a cocoon in a folded leaf on the ground.
are 2 generation per year. The adults fly in April-May and again in
Limburg, Kinrooi, 31 August 2005
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)