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Acleris sparsana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Present in most areas of Belgium, more common in the north.

The larva at first lives in a slight web on the underside of a leaf of Fagus, Carpinus, Acer pseudoplatanus or A. campestre. Later on, it constructs a chamber between spun leaves as a base from which to feed on the surrounding foliage. Pupation in the leaves, or in a slight cocoon on the ground. The adult hibernates

The adults fly from early August till May. The moths are active from dusk onwards and later frequently come to light.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Nassogne, 03 August 2003.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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